What does rusty mean?

Definitions for rusty
ˈrʌs tirusty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rusty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rustyadjective

    covered with or consisting of rust

    "a rusty machine"; "rusty deposits"

  2. rust, rusty, rust-brownadjective

    of the brown color of rust

  3. out of practice(p), rustyadjective

    impaired in skill by neglect

  4. hoary, rustyadjective


    "hoary jokes"


  1. rustyadjective

    Affected by rust.

  2. rustyadjective

    Of the rust color, reddish or reddish-brown.

  3. rustyadjective

    Having red or reddish-brown hair.

  4. rustyadjective

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

  5. rustyadjective

    discolored and rancid; reasty

    rusty bacon

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Rustyadjective

    Etymology: from rust.

    After a long calm of peace, he was left engaged in a war with a rusty sword and empty purse. James Howell.

    Part scour the rusty shields with seam, and part
    New grind the blunted ax. John Dryden, Æneis.

    Hector, in his dull and long continued truce,
    Is rusty grown. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.


  1. rusty

    Rusty refers to a state of corrosion, degradation, or discoloration, typically reddish-brown, that forms on the surface of iron or steel as a result of exposure to oxygen and moisture over a period of time. In a broader context, it can also mean something that appears neglected, old, or outdated, or it can describe a person's skills or abilities that have declined due to lack of practice or use.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rusty

    covered or affected with rust; as, a rusty knife or sword; rusty wheat

  2. Rusty

    impaired by inaction, disuse, or neglect

  3. Rusty

    discolored and rancid; reasty; as, rusty bacon

  4. Rusty

    surly; morose; crusty; sullen

  5. Rusty

    rust-colored; dark

  6. Rusty

    discolored; stained; not cleanly kept; filthy

  7. Rusty

    resembling, or covered with a substance resembling, rust; affected with rust; rubiginous

  8. Etymology: [AS. rustig.]


  1. Rusty

    Rusty is a Canadian alternative rock band formed in 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The band earned a 1996 Juno Award nomination in the category Best Alternative Album for Fluke.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rusty in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rusty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of rusty in a Sentence

  1. James Clapper:

    I prefer to remember Rusty Giuliani that way than the way Rusty Giuliani's conducting Rusty Giuliani now.

  2. Irish Proverb:

    May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.

  3. Rudyard Kipling:

    There rise her timeless capitals of empires daily born, whose plinths are laid at midnight and whose streets are packed at morn; and here come tired youths and maids that feign to love or sin in tones like rusty razor blades to tunes like smitten tin.

  4. Larry Sabato:

    Hillary Clinton, I think, has proven that when you're off the trail for a while, you come back rusty, she certainly came back rusty on that book tour.

  5. Rory McIlroy:

    I guess after coming off a three-week break, I felt, I wouldn't say rusty, but just not quite on top of my game yesterday, and then today I felt like I was trying to get something going and couldn't. Coming off three weeks off and playing in conditions like these, it sort of shows you where your game's at. I've just got to regroup and get ready for Miami next week.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. denudate
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