[ guhst ]
/ gʌst /


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.

Nearby words

  1. gusset,
  2. gussie,
  3. gussied up,
  4. gussy,
  5. gussy up,
  6. gustaf adolf,
  7. gustation,
  8. gustative,
  9. gustatory,
  10. gustatory cell

Origin of gust

1580–90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust

Related formsgust·less, adjective


[ guhst ]
/ gʌst /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for gust


/ (ɡʌst) /


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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