trusty

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From trust +‎ -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

trusty (comparative trustier, superlative trustiest)

  1. Reliable or trustworthy.

Noun[edit]

trusty (plural trusties)

  1. A trusted person, especially a prisoner who has been granted special privileges.
    • 1941, James Howell Street, In my father's house
      We usta have a rule that if a trusty shot an escaping convict, then the trusty would go free.
    • 1953, Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye, Penguin 2010, p. 58:
      The cell block is clean and doesn't smell of disinfectant. The trusties do all the work. The supply of trusties is always ample.