rusty

1
[ruhs-tee]

adjective, rust·i·er, rust·i·est.


Origin of rusty

1
before 900; Middle English rusti, Old English rūstig; see rust, -y1
Related formsrust·i·ly, adverbrust·i·ness, noun

rusty

2
[ruhs-tee]

adjective, rust·i·er, rust·i·est.

restive; stubborn: a rusty horse.
Chiefly Dialect. ill-tempered; cross.

Origin of rusty

2
1555–65; apparently special use of rusty1; but compare obsolete resty restive

Rusty

[ruhs-tee]

noun

a male or female given name.
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rusty

adjective rustier or rustiest

covered with, affected by, or consisting of rusta rusty machine; a rusty deposit
of the colour rust
discoloured by agea rusty coat
(of the voice) tending to croak
old-fashioned in appearance; seemingly antiquateda rusty old gentleman
out of practice; impaired in skill or knowledge by inaction or neglect
(of plants) affected by the rust fungus
Derived Formsrustily, adverbrustiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for rusty
adj.

Old English rustig; see rust (n.) + -y (2). Cognate with Frisian roastich, Middle Dutch roestich, Dutch roestig, Old High German rostag, German rostig. "In the 16th and 17th centuries frequently used as a term of general disparagement" [OED]. Of bodily skills, "impaired by neglect," from c.1500; of mental qualities, accomplishments, etc., first attested 1796.

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