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.

Origin of gusty

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


[guhs-tee, goo s-tee]

adjective, gust·i·er, gust·i·est. Chiefly Scot.

tasty; savory; appetizing.

Origin of gusty

First recorded in 1715–25; gust2 + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gusty

Contemporary Examples of gusty

Historical Examples of gusty

  • He might have stayed his hand then, but for the gusty rage that swept him on to the crime.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • But, in a gusty, uncertain wind it must use its wings or alight somewhere.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • For a second he stared; then dropped his arms with one of his big, gusty laughs.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • That afternoon she was very tired, for it had started to rain, cold, gusty March rain.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • If it's a middlin' good-lookin' young woman with a satchel, that's 'Gusty.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for gusty


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 gusty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper