Definition of Rusty

1. Adjective. Covered with or consisting of rust. "Rusty deposits"

Similar to: Rusted
Derivative terms: Rust, Rustiness

2. Adjective. Of the brown color of rust.
Exact synonyms: Rust, Rust-brown
Similar to: Chromatic
Derivative terms: Rust

3. Adjective. Impaired in skill by neglect.
Exact synonyms: Out Of Practice
Similar to: Unskilled
Derivative terms: Rustiness

4. Adjective. Ancient. "Hoary jokes"
Exact synonyms: Hoary
Similar to: Old

Definition of Rusty

1. a. Covered or affected with rust; as, a rusty knife or sword; rusty wheat.

Definition of Rusty

1. Adjective. Affected by rust. ¹

2. Adjective. Of the rust color, reddish or reddish-brown. ¹

3. Adjective. Having red or reddish-brown hair. ¹

4. Adjective. Lacking recent experience, out of practice, especially with respect to a skill or activity. ¹

5. Adjective. discolored and rancid; reasty ¹

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Definition of Rusty

1. covered with rust [adj RUSTIER, RUSTIEST]

Medical Definition of Rusty

1. 1. Covered or affected with rust; as, a rusty knife or sword; rusty wheat. 2. Impaired by inaction, disuse, or neglect. "[Hector] in this dull and long-continued truce, Is rusty grown." (Shak) 3. Discoloured and rancid; reasty; as, rusty bacon. 4. Surly; morose; crusty; sullen. "Rusty words." 5. Rust-coloured; dark. "Rusty blood." 6. Discoloured; stained; not cleanly kept; filthy. "The rustly little schooners that bring fire wood from the Brititsh provinces." (Hawthorne) 7. Resembling, or covered with a substance resembling, rust; affected with rust; rubiginous. Origin: Rustier; Rustiest. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rusty

rusty (current term)
rusty blackbird
rusty grackle
rusty nail
rusty rig
rusty sputum
rusty tinamou
rusty tinamous
rusty woodsia
rutabaga plant

Literary usage of Rusty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Silent Readers by William Dodge Lewis, Albert Lindsay Rowland (1920)
"OLD rusty You should all begin reading at the same time. See which group gives the best answers to the three questions at the end; the fastest, the slowest, ..."

2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1916)
"... rusty colored without; staminal tube long, pubescent, the stamens shorter than the petals: caps, ovoid, 7 in. long by 5 in. diam. Panama. stigma. ..."

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