dusty

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From Middle English dusty, dusti, from Old English dūstiġ, dystiġ, dȳstiġ (dusty), equivalent to dust +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch donzig (cottony, downy, woolly), German dunstig (hazy, misty).

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dusty (comparative dustier, superlative dustiest)

A dusty road in Kenya (1)
  1. Covered with dust.
    a dusty carpet
  2. Powdery and resembling dust.
  3. Grey in parts.
  4. (figuratively) Old; outdated; stuffily traditional.
    • 2018, Mark A. Kunkel, Allegories for Psychotherapy, Teaching, and Supervision, page 208:
      The very smart practitioners of my acquaintance do not rest their right hand on old dusty knowledge, but bend and move along a ground of being in which they are perpetually on the lookout for what is trusty and true, new and old.
  5. (African-American Vernacular, slang) Ugly, disgusting (a general term of abuse)

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English dūstiġ; equivalent to dust +‎ -y.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdustiː/, /ˈduːstiː/

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dusty

  1. dusty, dust-covered
  2. like dust, powdery

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  • English: dusty
  • Scots: dusty, disty

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