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[ duhs-tee ]


, dust·i·er, dust·i·est.
  1. filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
  2. of the nature of dust; powdery.
  3. of the color of dust; having a grayish cast.


/ ˈdʌstɪ /


  1. covered with or involving dust
  2. like dust in appearance or colour
  3. (of a colour) tinged with grey; pale

    dusty pink

  4. a dusty answer
    an unhelpful or bad-tempered reply
  5. not so dusty informal.
    not too bad; fairly well: often in response to the greeting how are you?

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdustiness, noun
  • ˈdustily, adverb

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Other Words From

  • dusti·ly adverb
  • dusti·ness noun
  • un·dusty adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dusty1

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; dust, -y 1

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Example Sentences

As one student who was sent there told Vice, “the building was musty and dusty, and the AC didn’t work.”

From Vox

On Mars, with its greater distance and dusty atmosphere, solar power arrays would have more trouble turning sunlight into energy.

It was one of thousands of aging wells that crowd the dusty foothills three hours from the coast, where Chevron and other companies inject steam at high pressure to loosen up heavy crude.

You’ll bikepack for three days through the park’s dusty canyons, fording the Mancos River to meet Wolf, a Ute Mountain Ute guide who’ll take you up wooden ladders into Native cliff dwellings.

Mia gets to know Lorenz’s teaching assistant Jasper in the library, where she chases a bioluminescent mouse around dusty bookshelves.

Alf Adams did not want to talk rats but he did want to show me his bottle collection preserved in a dusty shed.

His body is swept away with all the others, like a dried-up fly in a dusty corner.

Dusty books, smoking pipes, tarot cards, and a Ouija board fill the antique furniture positioning any object as a clue.

Excuse me, I have to get the keffiyeh out of my dusty suitcase and pack a kilt.

Tucked away antique shops are piled floor-to-ceiling with dusty relics.

He looked strangely out of place in the dusty combat uniform.

And a little later we, too, left the post, following in the dusty wake of the paymaster's wagon and its mounted escort.

The day was hot and the roads dusty, and Lawrence favored the horses all possible, but they made good progress.

The general traced two lines on the dusty earth, about eight feet apart.

Even Henrietta stopped eating, looked upward at the dusty ceiling, and listened for a repetition of the sound.


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