adjective, crust·i·er, crust·i·est.

having a crisp or thick crust: a loaf of crusty French bread.
of the nature of or resembling a crust.
harsh; surly; rude: a crusty remark.

Origin of crusty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at crust, -y1
Related formscrust·i·ly, adverbcrust·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for crusty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crusty

Contemporary Examples of crusty

Historical Examples of crusty

  • It was hard to believe that she was the daughter of so crusty a man as Hiram Bartlett.

  • She conquered a crusty old woman, who was soured to all the world.

    Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • "So you just be off, or I'll call the police," the crusty doorkeeper said.

  • In the morning make into a loaf and put in a crusty bread pan.

    The Golden Age Cook Book

    Henrietta Latham Dwight

  • In his basket was a melon, crusty rolls, peaches and a bottle of cream.

    Mistress Anne

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for crusty


adjective crustier or crustiest

having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curta crusty remark

noun plural crusties

slang a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting
Derived Formscrustily, adverbcrustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for crusty

c.1400, from crust (n.) + -y (2). Figurative use, of persons, "short-tempered," is from 1560s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper