Definitions

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

  • adj. Blowing in or marked by gusts: a gusty storm.
  • adj. Characterized by sudden outbursts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. blowing in gusts; blustery

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Subject to, or characterized by, gusts or squalls; windy; stormy; tempestuous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Marked by gusts or squalls of wind; fitfully windy or stormy.
  • Given to sudden bursts of passion; excitable; irritable.
  • Pleasant to the taste; savory; gustful.

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

  • adj. blowing in puffs or short intermittent blasts

Etymologies

From gust +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Gusty winds are likely all of tomorrow morning…afternoon showers, keep the umbrella in the trunk… The word gusty was white and dull, like a ball of wax.

    The Beautiful Miscellaneous

  • Clearing skies work in overnight as winds become gusty from the west and lows drop to the 40s.

    Forecast: Thursday rain, otherwise cooler but nice

  • We stalked ridges in gusty snowstorms, slogged down trails thick with fresh prints, and inched our way along some very promising fingers (hillsides with fingerlike spurs).

    Using Stealth to Hunt Trophy Whitetail Bucks

  • I want them to be happy, not killed through the shock of reading me between the pages of ‘Bath Spa fiasco’ and ‘Betty of Odd Down’s “fence blown down in gusty wind” outrage’.

    …comprehending surprising statistics « Sven’s guide to…

  • There was increased moisture and humidity so that helps them out a little bit but in terms of measurable rainfall really very little and the cold front has blown through, so the winds are kind of gusty here today and a dry air mass has come in to replace that.

    CNN Transcript Apr 28, 2007

  • They are usually "gusty," the gusts being a momentary movement at a higher speed.

    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation

  • "It is, sir," said the waiter, in reply to the "gusty" observation, stirring the fire while the traveller divested himself of his hat and greatcoat.

    The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands

  • Besides being cold, the evening in question was somewhat stormy -- "gusty," as was said of it by a traveller with a stern visage and remarkably keen grey eyes, who entered the coffee-room of an hotel which stood on the margin of Ramsgate harbour facing the sea, and from the upper windows of which the light just mentioned was visible.

    The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands

  • However, describing the Noise's picks as "pretty obvious" and sarcastically "gusty" is unfair.

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  • Moreover, gusty winds brought by Tuesday's cold front may linger for portions of the northern New England, and cold overnight temperatures may cause areas of frost over portions of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, but they should bounce back quickly during the day Wednesday.

    Wednesday's forecast: Cold, stormy for Northwest, Rockies

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