Definition of dusty in English:



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

    ‘dusty old records’
    ‘a hot, dusty road’
    • ‘His ground floor office was much as you would expect - a dusty edifice full of old books and even older carpeting.’
    • ‘The fireplace is dusty inside and covered with the webs of spiders that made their homes in its corners.’
    • ‘My closets are full of rolls of dusty concert posters in foreign languages.’
    • ‘Inside the tent it was dusty, somehow the dust was coming through the nylon.’
    • ‘This script, dusty, dirty, covered with filth, is my most prized possession, my only companion.’
    • ‘The dusty road was covered with small rocks and it seemed to go straight up the side of the mountain.’
    • ‘They emerged in the dusty, cobwebbed cellar full of old crates and barrels.’
    • ‘I expected the attic to be dusty, and full of old stuff that wasn't used anymore, but it wasn't.’
    • ‘There were two windows near the front door, and dusty, old blinds covered them so no light got in.’
    • ‘The dusty canvas that covered it was worn through in several places, leaving small holes in the fabric.’
    • ‘As I glanced up a round, balding man was hurrying toward me, wiping his pale hands on a dusty apron.’
    • ‘All of the tables and chairs were covered in dusty old sheets and blankets.’
    • ‘The video ends with a view of the stove, dusty and full of ashes, where the ballots will be burned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Off to the side of a dusty gravel road, a car plastered with election stickers begs the curious to stop.’
    • ‘It was very dusty, and was covered in wood shavings, giving it a feel and smell like a high school shop classroom.’
    • ‘Bagged cement is manufactured in a dusty environment and surface dust makes bags slippery.’
    • ‘I cleaned the glass coffee table, dusted all the dusty spots, and then scrubbed the stove.’
    • ‘The box room at home quickly became a sound library and every available inch was taken up with dusty old records.’
    • ‘On a return visit I noticed the spaces on the shelves had been refilled with more, equally dusty, bottles.’
    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 color) dull or muted.
      ‘patches of pale gold and dusty pink’
      • ‘The blooms of this variety are dusty pink on the back of the petals and greenish on the inside with pale, dull yellow stamens.’
      • ‘Focusing on soft pastels, Smith also sent a compelling range of leather trousers in dusty pink and black down the catwalk.’
      • ‘Get close enough to see its pale and dusty blue bloom and you get a lovely whiff of the Mediterranean.’
      • ‘A houndstooth wool anchored the season, with touches of dusty rose and pale lemon.’
      • ‘I go back to the gate to eat my scone, which is a creepy dusty rose colour, and also just gross.’
      • ‘In consequence the autumn colours are muted, just soft dusty yellows for the most part.’
      • ‘Light to medium shades of brunette would do well with mauve pinks or pinks that have a dusty or brown undertone.’
      • ‘We all look at the huge dusty pink crayfish still wriggling their legs.’
      • ‘She wore a vest like corset that was a darker pink with ribbon that crisscrossed in front showing the dusty pink top.’
      • ‘She chose dusty pink color this time and faded that into a silver color.’
      • ‘The ceiling arched up to a height of thirty meters, and the entire room was a pale, dusty cream colour.’
      • ‘The strips of clouds around the glow were a dusty pink, the sky above the still dotted with fading stars.’
      • ‘Keep it loose and wispy over dusty coloured, patterned dresses and skirts, or soft worn-in jeans.’
      • ‘He had a light complexion and dusty blonde hair that suggested he was from somewhere in Europe.’
      • ‘All of his clothes were colored to match the dusty hues of the sand on Malchishua.’
      • ‘Remember, all-over dusty pink chiffon looks too flat, but teaming it with leaf green lifts it.’
      • ‘Madame sighed and lifted the hem of her long, dusty rose pink dress out of the snow with her free hand.’
      • ‘Her gown, once a dusty shade of pink, had been dirtied by the dust of the plunder and turned a faded brown.’
      • ‘Now the dusty beige surface of the mosque wall is nearly invisible under the black of death announcements.’
      • ‘She noticed that his skin was a pale, dusty white and his breath was shallow.’
      muted, dull, flat, faded, pale, pastel, subtle, restrained
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    2. 1.2Staid and uninteresting.
      ‘a dusty old bore’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’