crustier, crustiest
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Crusty bread has a hard, crisp outside.

...crusty French loaves.

2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone, especially an old man, as crusty, you mean they are impatient and easily irritated.

...a crusty old colonel.


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  • Crusty — Crust y ( [y^]), a. 1. Having the nature of crust; pertaining to a hard covering; as, a crusty coat; a crusty surface or substance. [1913 Webster] 2. [Possibly a corruption of cursty. Cf. {Curst}, {Curstness}.] Having a hard exterior, or a short …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crusty — [adj1] irritable, often due to old age abrupt, bluff, blunt, brief, brusque, cantankerous, captious, choleric, crabbed, crabby*, cranky, cross, curt, dour, gruff, harsh, illhumored, irascible, peevish, prickly, sarcastic, saturnine, scornful,… …   New thesaurus

  • crusty — index fractious, froward, perverse, petulant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • crusty — c.1400, from CRUST (Cf. crust) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Figurative use, of persons, short tempered, is from 1560s …   Etymology dictionary

  • crusty — brusque, gruff, blunt, curt, *bluff Analogous words: snappish, waspish, *irritable: choleric, splenetic, cranky, testy, *irascible: crabbed, surly, saturnine, dour (see SULLEN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • crusty — ► ADJECTIVE (crustier, crustiest) 1) having or consisting of a crust. 2) (of an old person) conservative and easily irritated. ► NOUN (pl. crusties) informal ▪ a young person of a subculture characterized by a shabby appearance and a nomadic… …   English terms dictionary

  • crusty — [krus′tē] adj. crustier, crustiest [ME] 1. having, forming, or resembling a crust 2. rough and outspoken; not patient, kindly, or refined crustily adv. crustiness n …   English World dictionary

  • crusty — crust|y [ˈkrʌsti] adj 1.) bread that is crusty is pleasant to eat because it has a hard ↑crust ▪ a crusty baguette 2.) informal someone who is crusty is bad tempered = ↑grumpy ▪ a crusty old man 3.) having a thin dry hard layer of something on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crusty — /ˈkrʌsti / (say krustee) adjective (crustier, crustiest) 1. of the nature of or resembling a crust; having a crust. 2. harsh; surly; crabbed: a crusty person; a crusty manner; a crusty remark. 3. Colloquial unpleasantly dirty, grimy or worn:… …  

  • crusty — adjective 1 bread that is crusty is pleasant to eat because it has a hard crust 2 informal someone who is crusty is bad tempered: crusty old ladies in big hats 3 having a thin dry hard layer of something on the surface: walls crusty with dirt… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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