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adjective, gust·i·er, gust·i·est.
  1. blowing or coming in gusts, as wind, rain, or storms.
  2. affected or marked by gusts of wind, rain, etc.: a gusty day.
  3. occurring or characterized by sudden bursts or outbursts, as sound or laughter.
  4. full of meaningless, pretentious talk: gusty speechmaking.
  5. vigorous; hearty; zestful: a gusty woman.
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Origin of gusty

1590–1600; gust1 + -y1; def. 5 perhaps gust(o) + -y1
Related formsgust·i·ly, adverbgust·i·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of gustily

  • “It will disturb—them,” he said gustily, in between his sobs.

    Five Little Peppers at School

    Margaret Sidney

  • Carlyle has chanted all this gustily enough but there is kindling truth in his stormy music.

  • I was not mistaken; some one opened the door by which we had entered, gustily, violently, and drew my companion away.

  • “I beg your pardon,” cried Alexia gustily, and plunging up unsteadily.

  • The rain had slackened considerably, but the wind still blew hard and gustily.

    Four Afloat

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for gustily


adjective gustier or gustiest
  1. blowing or occurring in gusts or characterized by blustery weathera gusty wind
  2. given to sudden outbursts, as of emotion or temperament
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Derived Formsgustily, adverbgustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gustily



c.1600, from gust + -y (2). Related: Gustily; gustiness.

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