Definitions

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

  • adj. Meriting trust; trustworthy. See Synonyms at reliable.
  • n. A convict regarded as worthy of trust and therefore granted special privileges.
  • n. A trusted person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Reliable or trustworthy.
  • n. A trusted person, especially a prisoner who has been granted special privileges.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Admitting of being safely trusted; justly deserving confidence; fit to be confided in; trustworthy; reliable.
  • adj. Hence, not liable to fail; strong; firm.
  • adj. Involving trust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • True; trustworthy; faithful; that may be implicitly confided in: applied to persons: as, a trusty servant.
  • Not liable to fail; that may be relied upon, as in an emergency; strong; firm: applied to things: as, a trusty sword.
  • Trusting; trustful.
  • Involving trust and responsibility.
  • n. A trusty person; specifically, a well-behaved and trustworthy convict to whom special privileges are granted.

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

  • n. a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
  • adj. worthy of trust or belief

Etymologies

From trust +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

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  • Typically descriptive of a steed.

    August 8, 2008