adjective, dust·i·er, dust·i·est.

filled, covered, or clouded with or as with dust.
of the nature of dust; powdery.
of the color of dust; having a grayish cast.

Origin of dusty

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at dust, -y1
Related formsdust·i·ly, adverbdust·i·ness, nounun·dust·y, adjective
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adjective dustier or dustiest

covered with or involving dust
like dust in appearance or colour
(of a colour) tinged with grey; paledusty pink
a dusty answer an unhelpful or bad-tempered reply
not so dusty informal not too bad; fairly well: often in response to the greeting how are you?
Derived Formsdustily, adverbdustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dusty

early 13c., from dust + -y (2). Related: Dustiness.

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