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adjective, lust·i·er, lust·i·est.
  1. full of or characterized by healthy vigor.
  2. hearty, as a meal.
  3. spirited; enthusiastic.
  4. lustful; lecherous.
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Origin of lusty

Middle English: word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at lust, -y1
Related formslust·i·ly, adverblust·i·ness, nouno·ver·lust·i·ness, nouno·ver·lust·y, adjectiveun·lust·y, adjective


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Historical Examples

  • Methinks that Gascony is too small a cock to crow so lustily.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I could not swim a stroke; and I sang out, lustily, for help.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Gor, I—I liked the fun, and so I thumpt away, and hiss'd as lustily as the best of 'em.

    The Contrast

    Royall Tyler

  • She hit out as lustily as if she had not considered the matter at all.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • A sirloin was set before him, on which he laid to as lustily as any beef-eater.

British Dictionary definitions for lustily


adjective lustier or lustiest
  1. having or characterized by robust health
  2. strong or invigoratinga lusty brew
  3. lustful
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Derived Formslustily, adverblustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lustily


early 13c., lustliche, "willingly, eagerly, readily;" see lusty + -ly (2). Meaning "with pleasure, voluptuously" is c.1300; meaning "vigorously, energetically" is c.1400.

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early 13c., "joyful, merry," from lust + -y (2). It largely has escaped the Christianization and denigration of its root word. The sense of "full of healthy vigor" is from late 14c.; that of "full of desire" is attested from c.1400. Related: Lustily; lustiness.

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