Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Peevishly; morosely; surlily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a crusty or surly manner; morosely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a crusty manner.

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Examples

  • Screenwriter Megan Holly and director Christine Jeffs have steered away from the darker aspects of their own story and are perhaps a little too determined to make sure that we like Rose and Norah and their father Joe, played crustily but affably by Alan Arkin, and the result may be a little too much sweetness and lightness for some.

    Protective gestures: A review of Sunshine Cleaning

  • And here the conversation ended, for Pie-Face Jones, waking crustily from stolen slumber, threatened Morrell and Oppenheimer with a report next morning that would mean the jacket for them.

    Chapter 9

  • On top of the dunnage, in the stern-sheets, Michael gazed wistfully at the Mary Turner and continued to snarl crustily at Scraps who idiotically wanted to start a romp.

    CHAPTER XV

  • Screenwriter Megan Holly and director Christine Jeffs have steered away from the darker aspects of their own story and are perhaps a little too determined to make sure that we like Rose and Norah and their father Joe, played crustily but affably by Alan Arkin, and the result may be a little too much sweetness and lightness for some.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Every time I start a new job, I'm mostly terrified, not at the prospect of meeting new people (which I'm good at) or doing new things (which I'm crustily passable at) but at the thought that I won't be able to write, it'll destroy my writing, I'll be done writing.

    To The Back Burner With You!

  • Sunday morning, he returned on Monday afternoon at the suggestion of Mr. Squires and was greeted by that individual rather crustily, for by then he had all but forgotten him.

    An American Tragedy

  • Behind Rayburn's crustily authoritarian deportment dwelled, Johnson quickly sensed, a deeply shy soul, a man who had been married once long ago for three weeks and had been ever since a self-enclosed figure, childless, solitary, lonely.

    The Big Guy

  • “In other words,” he said crustily, “it pays sometimes to be older than the hills.”

    CROSSOVER

  • He met the black, searching eyes of the King of An. Mathom, pulling his cloak off, said crustily, "It's cold enough to freeze the bare bones of the dead."

    Harpist in the Wind

  • They all received him very crustily and coldly at first, but they were prejudiced against him and vexed at their want of success, and I think it did something towards removing ill feelings to see him.

    Letters from Port Royal Written at the Time of the Civil War (1862-1868)

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