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[ kruhs-tee ]


, crust·i·er, crust·i·est.
  1. having a crisp or thick crust:

    a loaf of crusty French bread.

  2. of the nature of or resembling a crust.
  3. harsh; surly; rude:

    a crusty remark.

    Synonyms: brusque, curt, touchy, prickly, testy


/ ˈkrʌstɪ /


  1. having or characterized by a crust, esp having a thick crust
  2. having a rude or harsh character or exterior; surly; curt

    a crusty remark


  1. slang.
    a dirty type of punk or hippy whose lifestyle involves travelling and squatting

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcrustily, adverb
  • ˈcrustiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • crusti·ly adverb
  • crusti·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of crusty1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; crust, -y 1

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Example Sentences

Bitcoin has seen stratospheric growth over the past few months so barring an outsized crash, it’s perhaps unlikely that retail investors are going to fully abandon it in favor of buying up crusty old shares of Blockbuster stock.

Garnish each bowl with parsley, and serve with crusty bread for dipping.

Serve the soup with grated Parmesan or pecorino Romano, fresh herbs and crusty bread to soak up the lightly spicy broth.

The olives are great on their own, and you can dip bits of warm, crusty bread into the oil marinade.

From Eater

It bakes quickly, and the result is a crusty top with a layer of moist dressing below.

The crusty conservative battle-ax Phyllis Schlafly is giving speeches saying that Obama worships government like a god.

Here, breakfast begins with a crusty cornetto alla crema served by a formal, dinner jacket-wearing waiter.

Sir Mark Sykes, a crusty diplomat who had colluded with the French to give them Damascus, was more defiantly a misogynist.

There are unions and crusty local politicians to contend with, and a lot of competition.

Vacationing “on the Vineyard,” sneers Republican consultant Mark Corallo, adopting an upper-crusty, through-the-nose accent.

She cut it with Henry's jackknife into four quarters, and she and Henry took the two crusty ends themselves.

If the ground is well burned it will be a little crusty and whitish, and will pulverize beautifully.

A dry, crusty man, who would never become sub-chief, despite his ability.

Uncle Jabez came forward, as dusty and crusty an old miller as one might ever expect to see.

Yes, it is very handsome, no doubt, but too ornate and pie-crusty for my—taste.