Definition of dusty in English:

dusty

adjective

  • 1Covered with, full of, or resembling dust.

    ‘dusty old records’
    ‘a hot, dusty road’
    • ‘My closets are full of rolls of dusty concert posters in foreign languages.’
    • ‘There were two windows near the front door, and dusty, old blinds covered them so no light got in.’
    • ‘The box room at home quickly became a sound library and every available inch was taken up with dusty old records.’
    • ‘The dusty road was covered with small rocks and it seemed to go straight up the side of the mountain.’
    • ‘The video ends with a view of the stove, dusty and full of ashes, where the ballots will be burned.’
    • ‘It was very dusty, and was covered in wood shavings, giving it a feel and smell like a high school shop classroom.’
    • ‘I cleaned the glass coffee table, dusted all the dusty spots, and then scrubbed the stove.’
    • ‘Off to the side of a dusty gravel road, a car plastered with election stickers begs the curious to stop.’
    • ‘His ground floor office was much as you would expect - a dusty edifice full of old books and even older carpeting.’
    • ‘I flew thousands of miles from somewhere hot and dusty to cover a story in a place where there was pain, grief, death and fear.’
    • ‘The dusty canvas that covered it was worn through in several places, leaving small holes in the fabric.’
    • ‘Inside the tent it was dusty, somehow the dust was coming through the nylon.’
    • ‘On a return visit I noticed the spaces on the shelves had been refilled with more, equally dusty, bottles.’
    • ‘I expected the attic to be dusty, and full of old stuff that wasn't used anymore, but it wasn't.’
    • ‘Bagged cement is manufactured in a dusty environment and surface dust makes bags slippery.’
    • ‘They emerged in the dusty, cobwebbed cellar full of old crates and barrels.’
    • ‘All of the tables and chairs were covered in dusty old sheets and blankets.’
    • ‘The fireplace is dusty inside and covered with the webs of spiders that made their homes in its corners.’
    • ‘This script, dusty, dirty, covered with filth, is my most prized possession, my only companion.’
    • ‘As I glanced up a round, balding man was hurrying toward me, wiping his pale hands on a dusty apron.’
    dirty, grimy, grubby, unclean, soiled, begrimed, befouled, mucky, sooty, stained, smudged, spotty
    powdery, crumbly, chalky, friable
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    1. 1.1 (of a colour) dull or muted.
      ‘patches of pale gold and dusty pink’
      • ‘Madame sighed and lifted the hem of her long, dusty rose pink dress out of the snow with her free hand.’
      • ‘The ceiling arched up to a height of thirty meters, and the entire room was a pale, dusty cream colour.’
      • ‘In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.’
      • ‘The strips of clouds around the glow were a dusty pink, the sky above the still dotted with fading stars.’
      • ‘Light to medium shades of brunette would do well with mauve pinks or pinks that have a dusty or brown undertone.’
      • ‘She wore a vest like corset that was a darker pink with ribbon that crisscrossed in front showing the dusty pink top.’
      • ‘Remember, all-over dusty pink chiffon looks too flat, but teaming it with leaf green lifts it.’
      • ‘He had a light complexion and dusty blonde hair that suggested he was from somewhere in Europe.’
      • ‘She chose dusty pink color this time and faded that into a silver color.’
      • ‘She noticed that his skin was a pale, dusty white and his breath was shallow.’
      • ‘I go back to the gate to eat my scone, which is a creepy dusty rose colour, and also just gross.’
      • ‘The blooms of this variety are dusty pink on the back of the petals and greenish on the inside with pale, dull yellow stamens.’
      • ‘Keep it loose and wispy over dusty coloured, patterned dresses and skirts, or soft worn-in jeans.’
      • ‘Now the dusty beige surface of the mosque wall is nearly invisible under the black of death announcements.’
      • ‘All of his clothes were colored to match the dusty hues of the sand on Malchishua.’
      • ‘A houndstooth wool anchored the season, with touches of dusty rose and pale lemon.’
      • ‘Get close enough to see its pale and dusty blue bloom and you get a lovely whiff of the Mediterranean.’
      • ‘We all look at the huge dusty pink crayfish still wriggling their legs.’
      • ‘Her gown, once a dusty shade of pink, had been dirtied by the dust of the plunder and turned a faded brown.’
      • ‘Focusing on soft pastels, Smith also sent a compelling range of leather trousers in dusty pink and black down the catwalk.’
      muted, dull, flat, faded, pale, pastel, subtle, restrained
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    2. 1.2 Staid and uninteresting.
      ‘a dusty old bore’
      • ‘His parents are so dull and dusty, you wonder whether he was a foundling.’
      • ‘But with the right attitude, lectures do not have to be dusty, dull affairs.’
      • ‘My crown is off to them but the movie is a little dusty and more than a little dull.’
      • ‘This particular editor saw genius in the works where meticulous historical research combined with a quality of writing that breathed new life into the dusty genre of ‘historical fiction.’’
      • ‘There is nothing dull and dusty about any of the attractions and there are plenty of opportunities for hands-on experiences.’

Phrases

  • a dusty answer

    • A curt and unhelpful reply.

      • ‘But wanting a game console and a mobile phone for a birthday got a pretty dusty answer.’
      • ‘Anyone who did approach us would be given a dusty answer.’
      • ‘They tried to force a political blueprint on to the North East and they got a dusty answer.’
      • ‘The SSP's representative raising this point in debate, received a dusty answer from the First Minister about not running to Westminster ‘every time we have a nose-bleed’.’
      curt, abrupt, terse, brusque, blunt, short, clipped, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart, gruff, offhand, ungracious, rude, impolite, discourteous, bad-tempered
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  • not so dusty

    • dated, informal (of a person's health or situation) fairly good.

      • ‘‘Life's not so dusty after all,’ Mary said returning his hug. ‘We still have our comforts and its not so long till our birthdays and we can retire on our pension.’’

Pronunciation

dusty

/ˈdʌsti/