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rust +‎ -y



rusty ‎(comparative rustier, superlative rustiest)

  1. Affected by rust.
  2. Of the rust color, reddish or reddish-brown.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
      Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with [] on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
  3. Having red or reddish-brown hair.
  4. Lacking recent experience, out of practice, especially with respect to a skill or activity.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC:
      Before the match, Hodgson had expressed the hope that his players would be fresh rather than rusty after an 18-day break from league commitments because of two successive postponements.
  5. Discolored and rancid; reasty.
    rusty bacon

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