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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.

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

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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