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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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Examples from the Web for gustiness

Historical Examples of gustiness

  • The long roll you're talking about isn't the sea, but the gustiness of the wind.

    The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

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

    Wind and Weather

    Alexander McAdie

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


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for gustiness


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 gustiness



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

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