Definitions

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

  • adj. Slang Smashed or broken: busted glass; a busted rib.
  • adj. Slang Out of order; inoperable: a busted vending machine.
  • adj. Bankrupt or out of funds: I'd offer to pay but I'm busted.
  • adj. Tamed or broken: a busted bronco.
  • adj. Slang Placed under arrest: a busted shoplifter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a certain type of bust (breasts; cleavage).
  • adj. Broke; having no money.
  • adj. Caught in the act of doing something one shouldn't do.
  • adj. Extremely ugly.
  • adj. Tired.
  • adj. Broken.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inoperable due to damage; broken; -- of a machine.
  • adj. Arrested for committing a crime; -- of a person.
  • adj. same as demoted; -- said especially of military rank, and often folowed by to.
  • adj. same as exhausted; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Broken; bankrupt; ruined: as, a busted bank; a busted miner.
  • Adorned with busts.

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

  • adj. out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken')

Etymologies

See bust (Etymology 1) (Wiktionary)
See bust (Etymology 2) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And when Ryan Torain busted free for a 13-yard run, Portis gave him a huge high-five as they crossed paths on the field.

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  • The absolute lightning reaction speed of just about any animal turning on the juice after you're busted is something to behold.

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  • But bad management too, financial problems for the city, a prison riot, and in his third term busted for using crack cocaine.

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  • First there's somebody with my name busted for heroin in New Orleans a week ago, then yet another Gary Burnett appears here via David Gans.

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  • The Indians could no more be measured and "busted" -- as the professor calls the making of plaster casts -- than could the liquor they had drunk.

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  • THE Jesus wasn’t overly religious either — in fact the reason he got busted is he advocated for getting rid of complex, ossified organized religion.

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  • When the mutawwa'in busted the party that led to Marcos’s deportation, they separated the “showgirls” wearing drag from the rest of the partygoers, and then asked everyone but the drag queens to line up against the wall for the dawn prayer.

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  • I love that you used the word busted — even if you just meant beat up, I’m going to imagine that you meant it as slang for ugly.

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  • Ain't that good psycho-ology, as Blister says when he calls a busted flush? "

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  • A great drama will now play out in Albany, one that will determine whether Spitzer is still a comer or what, in another generation, would be called a busted phenom.

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