a sudden, strong blast of wind.
a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
an outburst of passionate feeling.

verb (used without object)

to blow or rush in gusts.

Origin of gust

1580–90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust
Related formsgust·less, adjective

Synonyms for gust

1. See wind1.




Archaic. flavor or taste.
Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.

verb (used with object)

Scot. to taste; savor.

Origin of gust

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin gustus a tasting (of food), eating a little, akin to gustāre to taste
Related formsgust·a·ble, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gust

Contemporary Examples of gust

Historical Examples of gust

  • He brought in with him a gust of wind that caused the lamp to smoke.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Then in a gust of confidence and gratitude, “I will live all my days for you, Tom!”

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • He went off like a gust of wind and plunged into the adjoining room.

  • A gust of wind and sleet rushed through the opening and stung their faces.

  • Another, a third, and a fourth gust rattled and shook the rickety frame.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for gust



a sudden blast of wind
a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
an outburst of emotion

verb (intr)

to blow in guststhe wind was gusting to more than 50 mph

Word Origin for gust

C16: from Old Norse gustr; related to gjōsa to gush; see geyser
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Word Origin and History for gust

1580s, possibly a dialectal survival from Old Norse gustr "a cold blast of wind" (related to gusa "to gush, spurt") or Old High German gussa "flood," both from Proto-Germanic *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (2)). Probably originally in English as a nautical term. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Gusted; gusting.

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