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  1. a sudden, strong blast of wind.
  2. a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
  3. an outburst of passionate feeling.
verb (used without object)
  1. 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

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1. See wind1.


  1. Archaic. flavor or taste.
  2. Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

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


  1. a sudden blast of wind
  2. a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
  3. an outburst of emotion
verb (intr)
  1. 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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