Etymology 1Edit

From gust +‎ -y.


gusty (comparative gustier, superlative gustiest)

  1. (of wind) Blowing in gusts; blustery; tempestuous.
    • 1906, Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman:
      The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
      The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
      The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
      And the highwayman came riding—
      The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
  2. (by extension, metaphoric) Characterized by or occurring in instances of sudden strong expression
    • 1898, Leo Tolstoy (Nathan Haskell Dole, trans.), War and peace, page 103:
      A change evidently came over the countess's thoughts; her thin lips grew white (her eyes remained the same), and her voice when she spoke evidently surprised even herself by the violence of its gusty outburst.
    • 2012, Adam Roberts, Jack Glass:
      'No, no, no,' she said. 'Who could be disloyal to you, Miss?' And then the gusty tears came.
    • 2016, Robert Ellwood, Introducing Religion:
      The spirit becomes an ingrained part of one's life, not subject to gusty moods and feelings, but a habitual part of life.
  3. (metaphoric) Bombastic, verbose.
    • 1966, Jacob Morton Braude, Speech openers and closers - Volumes 1-4, page 53:
      “I am a man of few words,” shouted a red-necked House member as he started his second hour of a gusty speech.
    • 1987, Owen Chadwick, From Bossuet to Newman, page 21:
      From the vigorous, warm, gusty oratory of the Gallican apologists, we pass into a thinner and cooler and quieter atmosphere, that of the Spanish lecture-room.
    • 2006, Victoria Glendinning, Leonard Woolf: A Biography, page 355:
      Kingsley came back again, Leonard countered his reply, and so it went on, with personal insults buried in paragraphs of gusty rhetoric.
    • 2010, Henry Louis Gates, Tradition and the Black Atlantic:
      Back then, it was the conservative backlash to canon reformation that blew hot with the gusty rhetoric of politics.


Etymology 2Edit

From Latin gustus (tasting)


gusty (comparative gustier, superlative gustiest)

  1. With gusto
    • 1917, The Green Book Magazine - Volume 18, page 486:
      His lips, warm with his words, caught hers in a gusty kiss.
    • 2004, John Cottle, The Blessings of Hard-used Angels, page 152:
      I give her a gusty wink.
    • 2007, Prakash Chandra Mehta, ‎Sonu Mehta, Cultural Heritage of Indian Tribes, page 31:
      The prime aim of the Bondo dormitory is selection of marriage partners and they are free to have sexual experiences, but not, of course, intercourse, which the boys call with a gusty smile "breast play".
    • 2009, Deni Bash Hoffman, All's Fair in Love and Mystery, page 48:
      She laughed, a gusty laugh, one that lit up her entire face and told you that she found fun in most situations.
    • 2012, Irene Hope-Hedrick, 'Twill Be All Right Come Mornin', Luv, page 32:
      And so did his lordship as he stood and praised her performance, his beard scratching a gusty kiss on her cheek while handing her the winners' trophy in our behalf.

Derived termsEdit


Lower SorbianEdit


From Proto-Slavic *gǫstъ (dense). Cognate with Upper Sorbian husty, Polish gęsty, Czech hustý, Serbo-Croatian gȗst, and Russian густо́й (gustój)



gusty (comparative gusćejšy, superlative nejgusćejšy, adverb gusto)

  1. thick, dense


Further readingEdit

  • gusty in Ernst Muka/Mucke (St. Petersburg and Prague 1911–28): Słownik dolnoserbskeje rěcy a jeje narěcow / Wörterbuch der nieder-wendischen Sprache und ihrer Dialekte. Reprinted 2008, Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.
  • gusty in Manfred Starosta (1999): Dolnoserbsko-nimski słownik / Niedersorbisch-deutsches Wörterbuch. Bautzen: Domowina-Verlag.