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rusty1

[ruhs-tee]
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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.
  3. of or tending toward the color rust; rust-colored.
  4. faded or shabby; impaired by time or wear, as clothes or drapery.
  5. impaired through disuse or neglect: My Latin is rusty.
  6. having lost agility or alertness; out of practice: I am a bit rusty at tennis.
  7. (of a sound) grating or harsh.
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Origin of rusty1

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

rusty2

[ruhs-tee]
adjective, rust·i·er, rust·i·est.
  1. restive; stubborn: a rusty horse.
  2. Chiefly Dialect. ill-tempered; cross.
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Origin of rusty2

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

Rusty

[ruhs-tee]
noun
  1. a male or female given name.
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rusty

adjective rustier or rustiest
  1. covered with, affected by, or consisting of rusta rusty machine; a rusty deposit
  2. of the colour rust
  3. discoloured by agea rusty coat
  4. (of the voice) tending to croak
  5. old-fashioned in appearance; seemingly antiquateda rusty old gentleman
  6. out of practice; impaired in skill or knowledge by inaction or neglect
  7. (of plants) affected by the rust fungus
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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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