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.

Nearby words

  1. crustal plate,
  2. crustation,
  3. crusted,
  4. crustedly,
  5. crustose,
  6. crut,
  7. crutch,
  8. crutched friar,
  9. crutchings,
  10. crutzen

Origin of crusty

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at crust, -y1

Related formscrust·i·ly, adverbcrust·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

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