Definition of rusty in English:



  • 1(of a metal object) affected by rust.

    ‘a rusty hinge’
    • ‘But you could see the rusty metal underneath if you looked about from different angles.’
    • ‘Andrew picked rusty bits of metal off my car, and so I drove it home a little lighter than I drove it out - which should save on petrol if nothing else, I suppose.’
    • ‘It takes time, but the rusty metal door creaks open.’
    • ‘A few rusty bits of scrap metal are not really direct evidence of ‘weapons of mass destruction’.’
    • ‘To remove caked on rust, scour the rusty surface with a metal brush.’
    • ‘The reason is the metal's become so rusty that it's too thin and people's weight would make the leaks worse.’
    • ‘When a car has a steel fuel tank, as yours does, it will eventually start to rust and small bits of rusty metal and flaked paint will collect at the lowest point in the tank.’
    • ‘As the road neared its end, Mandy turned into the weed-infested driveway of a badly weathered house bearing a rusty metal roof.’
    • ‘All of the round tables around the cafe were a rusty metal, with metal chairs around them that were upholstered with a blue fabric.’
    • ‘Shutting my eyes, I stretched my hands above me, reaching for the rusty metal rings.’
    • ‘Then you either jump or use an old rusty metal ladder to enter the water, and do it all again in reverse at the end of the dive.’
    • ‘Putting his hand on the box, he felt the coolness of the rusty metal.’
    • ‘The first thing in view was the old, rusty, metal plate saying ‘Clenverry station’.’
    • ‘We landed hard with a shower of sparks and a few rusty pieces of metal coming from the bottom of the van.’
    • ‘We were in a large room with rusty metal walls and a cracked cement floor.’
    • ‘Their leader slowly inserted a rusty metal key into the lock.’
    • ‘At first it appeared to be nothing more than a rusty, unsightly, metal wall with several tall pillars guarding the front.’
    • ‘The rusty, metal hinges squeaked as he pulled the door open, wincing as it scraped loudly against the stone floor, and stepped inside.’
    • ‘Removing the rusty metal presented us with a somewhat unstable-looking climb down of about 4m complete with plenty of scaffolding shoring.’
    • ‘The buildings were made of either used or rusty metal, and many of the windows were broken.’
    rusted, rust-covered, corroded, oxidized
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    1. 1.1 Rust-coloured.
      ‘green grass turning a rusty brown’
      • ‘A rusty brown coyote gingerly stepped into view, sniffed in my direction, and promptly loped away in the opposite direction.’
      • ‘It was a vast, barren desert of rusty brown with countless rocks of all shapes and sizes littering its surface.’
      • ‘The fur is rather oily in texture and is a rusty brown colour.’
      • ‘He had deep red eyes that looked more like a rusty brown in the daytime.’
      • ‘His hair was still that familiar color that danced from rusty brown to a light copper as the sun played with the loose locks.’
      • ‘The stenciled-on eagles looked old already, being colored a rusty brown and painted on by the strange elementary-goers.’
      • ‘The rusty brown silk ground is covered with couched gold diamond-shaped outlines enclosing silk floral patterns.’
      • ‘The only traces of the towers are a series of steel girders torn into crazy angles and already turning a rusty brown from the moisture coming off the nearby river.’
      • ‘His shaggy black hair was now slowly changing to a rusty reddish brown color, almost his natural color.’
      • ‘The colour of his hair was an exact match with that of the rusty brown floorboards, and had been combed back to match the neatness of his rather expensive suit.’
      • ‘The colour of ivory differs markedly from creamy white to a rusty brown, especially if it has been exposed to light, or treated with a stain.’
      • ‘For one thing, the bath that she has drawn for him is rusty brown.’
      • ‘She stood there looking at it until it dried to a brown, rusty color.’
      • ‘Yet their colors differ, ranging from a greenish-yellow to a rusty brown.’
      • ‘The blood on the tie wasn't bright red anymore; in fact, it was starting to turn rusty brown.’
      • ‘It was made from a length of rusty brown Malta Weave cotton.’
      • ‘The rusty brown, scarlet, and straw-colored leaves brushed about their feet and the smell of cider filled the air.’
      • ‘The famous altar at which the prophesies were made by pouring wine in a blazing fire and divining on the smoke can still be seen as a large rusty brown circle in the stone.’
      • ‘The water was more of a rusty brown than a clear reflecting blue.’
      • ‘His hair was rusty brown, and he had a small mustache.’
      reddish-brown, chestnut, auburn, tawny, russet, coppery, copper, titian, rust-coloured, reddish, rufous
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    2. 1.2 (of black clothes) discoloured by age.
      • ‘His stiff, black suit was rusty with age.’
  • 2(of knowledge or a skill) impaired by lack of recent practice.

    ‘my typing is a little rusty’
    • ‘Sometimes, skills get rusty, especially if they have not been used regularly.’
    • ‘As a result, his skydiving skills were a little rusty.’
    • ‘I was thinking that my lack of luck with Brad the lumberjack may be due to my flirting skills being rusty.’
    • ‘He clarified by email today proving that my fence building skills have gotten rusty at best.’
    • ‘I guess at some stage they decided not to invite me back and my skills got rusty.’
    • ‘Clearly, his knowledge of the subject is a tad rusty.’
    • ‘She lashed out at everyone, blaming them all for her rusty skills.’
    • ‘Right across the region players experienced similar sensations as they tested their rusty wet weather skills.’
    • ‘Other parents, especially single moms, may feel their outdoor skills are a bit rusty and need some help.’
    • ‘Want to practice your rusty French skills, but don't have enough money to vacation in France?’
    • ‘My bartering skills seem to have become rusty since my last visit to Turkey.’
    • ‘It's no wonder our crosswind ability is often one of our first pilot skills to get rusty, making it a major cause of flying accidents.’
    • ‘But her study skills were rusty, and she found it difficult to juggle work and child rearing, so she dropped out.’
    • ‘Back in the fixed gear mode last night, I realized just how rusty my skills were when riding this way on the dirt.’
    • ‘My standard day trip to Whitegrass begins with a shakedown on a corner of the snow farm to rouse my rusty skating skills.’
    • ‘Whatever the reason these folks have been unemployed, their job skills are probably rusty.’
    • ‘The organiser of the Baltinglass adult learning scheme explained that learning skills can go rusty and need constant use.’
    • ‘Do you reckon your experience and technique as ex-elite rowers, however rusty any of you might be, will get you over the line first?’
    • ‘Psychiatrists often register concern that their rusty resuscitation skills may be called upon on board an aircraft.’
    • ‘He will be travelling to Colorado in the New Year to test out his snowboarding abilities which he admits are slightly rusty as he has not hit the slopes since March.’
    out of practice, not as good as it used to be, below par
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    1. 2.1 Stiff with age or disuse.
      ‘it was my first race for three months and I felt a bit rusty’
      • ‘Her workshop is aimed at beginners, rusty or stiff movers who want to have some fun and lead a healthier lifestyle through dance.’
      • ‘It felt a bit rusty at first but I am really enjoying myself.’
      aching, achy, painful
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Old English rūstig (see rust, -y).