Definitions

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

  • adj. Full of vigor or vitality; robust.
  • adj. Powerful; strong: a lusty cry.
  • adj. Lustful.
  • adj. Merry; joyous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Strong, healthy and vigorous.
  • adj. hearty and enthusiastic.
  • adj. Given to experiencing lust; enjoying physical sensations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exhibiting lust or vigor; stout; strong; vigorous; robust; healthful; able of body.
  • adj. Beautiful; handsome; pleasant.
  • adj. Of large size; big.
  • adj. Lustful; lascivious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Exciting desire; pleasant; agreeable; attractive; handsome.
  • Full of or characterized by life, spirit, vigor, or health; stout; vigorous; robust; healthy; strong; lively.
  • Impudent; saucy.
  • Bulky; large; of great size.
  • Full-bodied or stout from pregnancy.
  • Lustful; hot-blooded.
  • Synonyms Strong, Sturdy, etc. See robust.

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

  • adj. endowed with or exhibiting great bodily or mental health
  • adj. vigorously passionate

Etymologies

Middle English lusty, lusti "mirthful, pleasant, delicious, delightful" from lust (“desire, appetite”) +‎ -y, -i. Compare Middle Dutch lustich (Dutch lustig "cheerful"), Middle High German lustic (German lustig "amusing"), Old Norse lostigr (Swedish lustig "funny", Danish lystig "merry"). More at lust, -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The California-Italian food is soulful and lusty, which is why it's a perennial hangout for those in the wine business and other locals.

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  • Numbers like "Annie" (co-written with Eric Clapton) and "April Fool" spotlight Lane's gifts as a master sentimentalist, while "You're So Rude" recalls the lusty lad rock of the Faces with (a pre-Hollywood sell out) Rod Stewart.

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  • Whether he was 'greedy' or 'lusty' -- or both -- behind the wheel,

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  • Those "lusty" email messages coming from a man in his 50's is totally shameful.

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  • The most interesting dream as of late, was a series of "lusty" encounters with Hugh Laurie.

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  • But certainly the arrival of the spirit represented by Kipling, added to the discipline of his own early adventures, braced him and energised him; and almost his first literary effort took the form of ballad poems uniting a fineness and sweetness which were entirely his own with a kind of lusty vigour which was superimposed.

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  • L.A. Opera scores with striking 'Der Rosenkavalier,' lusty 'Falstaff'

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  • And it was not so much love - an emotion, I concede, that unless you're seriously perverted, only truly exists between sentient beings - as a kind of lusty covetousness; but, you can take it from me, it was a very strong feeling, and one that has only increased over the years I've either had a Brompton between my thighs, or hefted one in my arms.

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  • The Frankensteiners have sworn allegiance to the King of Prussia, and probably desire to keep this oath; they sound the alarm, therefore, to call the lusty burghers to arms. "

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  • "lusty," they have been so completely degraded to a lower sense that although it would be very convenient to restore them to their original and proper place, which still remains vacant, the attempt at such a restoration scarcely seems a hopeful task.

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