lusty

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English

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Etymology

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From Middle English lusty (mirthful, pleasant, delicious, delightful), equivalent to lust +‎ -y. Compare Saterland Frisian lustich (amusing), West Frisian lustich (amusing, funny), Dutch lustig (cheerful), German lustig (amusing), Danish lystig (merry), Swedish lustig (funny).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈlʌsti/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌsti

Adjective

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lusty (comparative lustier, superlative lustiest)

  1. Exhibiting lust (in the obsolete sense meaning "vigor"); strong, healthy, robust; vigorous; full of sap or vitality.
  2. Hearty, merry, gleesome, enthusiastic, lively, stirring.
  3. (obsolete or informal) Given to experiencing lust; enjoying physical sensations; lustful.
  4. (obsolete) Beautiful; handsome; pleasant.
  5. (obsolete) Of large size; big.
    • 1652 February 11 (Gregorian calendar), John Evelyn, “[Diary entry for 1 February 1652]”, in William Bray, editor, Memoirs, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of John Evelyn, [], 2nd edition, volume I, London: Henry Colburn, []; and sold by John and Arthur Arch, [], published 1819, →OCLC:
      I thought to have embarked in the evening, but, for fear of pirates plying near the coast, I durst not trust our small vessel, and stayed till Monday following, when two or three lusty vessels were to depart.
    1. (obsolete, rare) With child.

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Middle English

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From lust +‎ -y, though note Old Norse lostigr.

Pronunciation

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Adjective

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lusty

  1. pleasant, delightful
  2. eager, happy
  3. fine, good
  4. good-quality, useful
  5. life-giving
  6. lustful

Descendants

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  • English: lusty

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