gust

1
[guhst]
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noun
  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

1
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.

gust

2
[guhst]
noun
  1. Archaic. flavor or taste.
  2. Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
verb (used with object)
  1. Scot. to taste; savor.

Origin of gust

2
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
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Examples from the Web for gusting

Historical Examples of gusting

  • Bart acquiesced, trying to sound eager, but a wild excitement was gusting up in him.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley


British Dictionary definitions for gusting

gust

noun
  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 gusting

gust

n.

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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