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Etymology 1[edit]

From gust +‎ -y.


gusty (comparative gustier, superlative gustiest)

  1. Of wind: blowing in gusts; blustery; tempestuous.
    • 1906 August, Alfred Noyes, “The Highwayman”, in Poems, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., published October 1906, →OCLC, part 1, stanza I, page 45:
      The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees, / The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas, / The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor, / And the highwayman came riding— / Riding—riding— / The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
  2. (figuratively) Characterized by or occurring in instances of sudden strong expression.
    • 1898, Leo Tolstoy (Nathan Haskell Dole, trans.), War and peace, page 103:
      A change evidently came over the countess's thoughts; her thin lips grew white (her eyes remained the same), and her voice when she spoke evidently surprised even herself by the violence of its gusty outburst.
    • 2012, Adam Roberts, Jack Glass:
      'No, no, no,' she said. 'Who could be disloyal to you, Miss?' And then the gusty tears came.
    • 2016, Robert Ellwood, Introducing Religion:
      The spirit becomes an ingrained part of one's life, not subject to gusty moods and feelings, but a habitual part of life.
  3. (figuratively) Bombastic, verbose.
    • 1966, Jacob Morton Braude, Speech openers and closers - Volumes 1-4, page 53:
      “I am a man of few words,” shouted a red-necked House member as he started his second hour of a gusty speech.
    • 1987, Owen Chadwick, From Bossuet to Newman, page 21:
      From the vigorous, warm, gusty oratory of the Gallican apologists, we pass into a thinner and cooler and quieter atmosphere, that of the Spanish lecture-room.
    • 2006, Victoria Glendinning, Leonard Woolf: A Biography, page 355:
      Kingsley came back again, Leonard countered his reply, and so it went on, with personal insults buried in paragraphs of gusty rhetoric.
    • 2010, Henry Louis Gates, Tradition and the Black Atlantic:
      Back then, it was the conservative backlash to canon reformation that blew hot with the gusty rhetoric of politics.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin gustus (tasting).


gusty (comparative gustier, superlative gustiest)

  1. With gusto
    • 1917, The Green Book Magazine - Volume 18, page 486:
      His lips, warm with his words, caught hers in a gusty kiss.
    • 2004, John Cottle, The Blessings of Hard-used Angels, page 152:
      I give her a gusty wink.
    • 2007, Prakash Chandra Mehta, Sonu Mehta, Cultural Heritage of Indian Tribes, page 31:
      The prime aim of the Bondo dormitory is selection of marriage partners and they are free to have sexual experiences, but not, of course, intercourse, which the boys call with a gusty smile "breast play".
    • 2009, Deni Bash Hoffman, All's Fair in Love and Mystery, page 48:
      She laughed, a gusty laugh, one that lit up her entire face and told you that she found fun in most situations.
    • 2012, Irene Hope-Hedrick, 'Twill Be All Right Come Mornin', Luv, page 32:
      And so did his lordship as he stood and praised her performance, his beard scratching a gusty kiss on her cheek while handing her the winners' trophy in our behalf.

Derived terms[edit]


Lower Sorbian[edit]


From Proto-Slavic *gǫstъ (dense). Cognate with Upper Sorbian husty, Polish gęsty, Czech hustý, Serbo-Croatian gȗst, and Russian густо́й (gustój).



gusty (comparative gusćejšy, superlative nejgusćejšy, adverb gusto)

  1. thick, dense


Further reading[edit]

  • Muka, Arnošt (1921, 1928) “gusty”, in Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow (in German), St. Petersburg, Prague: ОРЯС РАН, ČAVU; Reprinted Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag, 2008
  • Starosta, Manfred (1999) “gusty”, in Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch (in German), Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag