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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to blow or rush in gusts.
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Origin of gust1

1580–90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust
Related formsgust·less, adjective


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1. See wind1.


  1. Archaic. flavor or taste.
  2. Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Scot. to taste; savor.
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Origin of gust2

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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Historical Examples

  • 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


  1. a sudden blast of wind
  2. a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
  3. an outburst of emotion
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verb (intr)
  1. to blow in guststhe wind was gusting to more than 50 mph
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Word Origin

C16: from Old Norse gustr; related to gjōsa to gush; see geyser
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Word Origin and History for gusting



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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