from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered or filled with dust.
  • adj. Consisting of or resembling dust; powdery.
  • adj. Tinged with gray.
  • adj. Timeworn; stale: the dusty precepts of a bygone era.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Covered with dust.
  • adj. powdery and resembling dust
  • adj. gray/grey in parts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Filled, covered, or sprinkled with dust; clouded with dust; ; also, reducing to dust.
  • adj. Like dust; of the color of dust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Filled, covered, or sprinkled with dust; reduced to dust; clouded with dust: as, a dusty road; dusty matter; dusty windows.
  • Like dust; of the hue of dust; clouded: as, a dusty white or red.
  • Covered with minute, dust-like scales, as the wings of a butterfly.
  • In botany, covered with granulations simulating dust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. covered with a layer of dust
  • adj. lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new


From Middle English dusty, dusti, from Old English dūstiġ, dystiġ, dȳstiġ ("dusty"), equivalent to dust +‎ -y. Cognate with Dutch donzig ("cottony, downy, woolly"), German dunstig ("hazy, misty"). (Wiktionary)



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