Definition of duster in US English:



  • 1A cloth or brush for dusting furniture.

    • ‘And the wood-handled cloth dusters were also very popular.’
    • ‘The pensioner, living in sheltered accommodation, agreed to buy more than £20 worth of dusters and went to get the money, but when she turned her back he followed her into the house and asked her for her handbag.’
    • ‘Yesterday, I was sourcing a special kind of duster and drying cloth for a Russian client.’
    • ‘I need a large supply of dusters or J-cloths to dust the books as I sort them.’
    • ‘I just leave a few dusters and cleaning products out.’
    • ‘Just give me a vacuum, a duster, some soap and a cloth and I'll fix it up as good as new.’
    • ‘Cut off the arms and neck hole and divide the two sides in two to make four dusters: dampen them slightly and they work a treat without the use of polish.’
    • ‘The boom has stretched right across Hampshire, with even the makers of blue and yellow dusters - the colours of Saints' away strip - reporting a huge boom in business.’
    • ‘We cleaned with brooms, dusters, buckets, and scrubbing brushes.’
    • ‘I'm talking about soap, detergent, sponges, mops, dusters, disinfectant wipes, and so on.’
    • ‘There stood two boys aged about 10 or 12 years of age, complete with buckets, sponges, scrubbing material, car wash liquid and dusters, all bought for this enterprising adventure to earn some money.’
    • ‘The Pink Chic range aimed at women drivers includes a £12.99 car cleaning kit consisting of shampoo, polish, a dashboard shine pad, a synthetic chamois and a duster and cloth.’
    • ‘He literally covered his tracks by throwing away shoes he wore and carrying a duster to wipe away finger prints.’
    • ‘Whether a quick run round with a duster or a complete bottoming with bucket and sponge, it's one of those things you do.’
    • ‘First use the duster, then use a wet mop to wipe the floor.’
    • ‘It's Boston meets Barcelona, only cleaner, thanks to a small army of boiler-suited Syrian street-sweepers with ostrich-feather dusters.’
    • ‘‘And if this is to be my home, I must begin learning how to fit in,’ she thought, brushing the worst of the dust from her boots with the edge of her duster before setting off down the street.’
    • ‘Then, hoping I wouldn't see, he whisked around the house with a duster, wiping up all the dust I had missed.’
    • ‘If you want to leave them hanging during cleaning you can use a duster, dust cloth, spray or vacuum.’
    • ‘Add to this the chalk dust which rises every time she uses the duster to clear the black-board and you have an environment which assaults the vocal system of every teacher day in and day out.’
    rag, dishcloth, floorcloth, wipe, sponge
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  • 2A woman's loose, lightweight full-length coat without buttons, of a style originally worn in the 1920s when traveling in an open car.

    • ‘Another blink, and I was in form-fitting jeans, a green spaghetti-strap tank, and a gray duster.’
    • ‘She wore a long, black, hippie-ish looking dress with an long, loose, indigo blue duster.’
    • ‘She couldn't quite seem to place the changes that appeared to have occurred on the streets as she walked them on her own with her heavy boots and fluttering duster coat accompanying her.’
    • ‘Everyday wear, especially at home, consists of short pants for boys, and dusters, loose skirts, shirts, and short pants for girls.’
    • ‘Decked out in psychedelic dusters or classic Carnaby Street fashions, she was statuesque and enigmatic, a combination of cool and casual that balanced out well with the mournful classics she crooned.’
    • ‘Both offer everything from shirts and suspenders to frock coats and dusters (long coats).’
    • ‘I pulled out a duster, the coat was netted and the netting was shaped like spider webs.’
    • ‘She slipped her long duster coat off, draping it over her shoulder.’
    • ‘She took a deep breath and covered her dress with her purple duster.’
    • ‘Her duster was a dark purple and her shirt was a black tight top with a few patches of color on it.’
    • ‘My taste buds puckered right up, so I threw on a cardigan duster, and my slippers and went running downstairs.’
    • ‘One of his hands, though, drifted to the leather duster she still wore draped about her body.’
    • ‘Dressed in a green duster that was buttoned up over a simple black dress and a pair of black flats, she had dark brown hair that was somewhat tangled and very long.’
    • ‘She was giggling as she listened, hands in the pockets of her red duster coat and head turned attentively towards him.’
    • ‘She had been wearing a full length black western style duster when she entered but she had doffed it with considerable flair, like a magician unveiling a clever trick, and hung it on the rack next to the door.’
    1. 2.1North American A short, light housecoat.
      • ‘She was stilled dressed in her pajamas, which she wore a light blue duster over, and a pair of light blue slippers.’
      • ‘She pulled her duster closer around her and shivered at the icy blast of wind Mother Nature sent her way.’
      • ‘In another there is a room, lit coldly by far too many fluorescent tubes, where you can go to buy nightgowns, camisoles, teddies, housecoats and dusters.’
  • 3US informal A dust storm.