adjective, gust·i·er, gust·i·est.

blowing or coming in gusts, as wind, rain, or storms.
affected or marked by gusts of wind, rain, etc.: a gusty day.
occurring or characterized by sudden bursts or outbursts, as sound or laughter.
full of meaningless, pretentious talk: gusty speechmaking.
vigorous; hearty; zestful: a gusty woman.

Nearby words

  1. gustavus v,
  2. gustavus vi,
  3. gusto,
  4. guston,
  5. guston, philip,
  6. gut,
  7. gut check,
  8. gut course,
  9. gut it out,
  10. gut of canso

Origin of gusty

1590–1600; gust1 + -y1; def. 5 perhaps gust(o) + -y1

Related formsgust·i·ly, adverbgust·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gustiness

  • These northwest-west winds also have the greatest speed and gustiness.

    Wind and Weather|Alexander McAdie
  • The long roll you're talking about isn't the sea, but the gustiness of the wind.

  • There are certain forms of anemometer especially designed to record the gustiness of the wind.

    Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for gustiness


adjective gustier or gustiest

blowing or occurring in gusts or characterized by blustery weathera gusty wind
given to sudden outbursts, as of emotion or temperament
Derived Formsgustily, adverbgustiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for gustiness



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

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