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adjective,rust·i·er, rust·i·est.
  1. covered with or affected by rust.

  2. consisting of or produced by rust.

  1. of or tending toward the color rust; rust-colored.

  2. faded or shabby; impaired by time or wear, as clothes or drapery.

  3. impaired through disuse or neglect: My Latin is rusty.

  4. having lost agility or alertness; out of practice: I am a bit rusty at tennis.

  5. (of a sound) grating or harsh.

Origin of rusty

First recorded before 900; Middle English rusti, Old English rūstig; see origin at rust, -y1

Other words from rusty

  • rust·i·ly, adverb
  • rust·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby rusty

Other definitions for rusty (2 of 3)

[ ruhs-tee ]

adjective,rust·i·er, rust·i·est.
  1. restive; stubborn: a rusty horse.

  2. Chiefly Dialect. ill-tempered; cross.

Origin of rusty

First recorded in 1555–65; apparently special use of rusty1, but compare obsolete restyrestive

Other definitions for Rusty (3 of 3)

[ ruhs-tee ]

  1. a male or female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rusty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rusty


/ (ˈrʌstɪ) /

adjectiverustier or rustiest
  1. covered with, affected by, or consisting of rust: a rusty machine; a rusty deposit

  2. of the colour rust

  1. discoloured by age: a rusty coat

  2. (of the voice) tending to croak

  3. old-fashioned in appearance; seemingly antiquated: a rusty old gentleman

  4. out of practice; impaired in skill or knowledge by inaction or neglect

  5. (of plants) affected by the rust fungus

Derived forms of rusty

  • rustily, adverb
  • rustiness, noun

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