Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having, resembling, or being a crust.
  • adjective Outspoken and surly. Used especially of older people.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like crust; of the nature of crust; hard: as, a crusty surface or substance.
  • Peevish; snappish; surly; harshly curt in manner or speech.

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

  • adjective Having the nature of crust; pertaining to a hard covering.
  • adjective Having a hard exterior, or a short, rough manner, though kind at heart; snappish; peevish; surly.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to or having a crust, as, for example, in the case of bread.
  • adjective figuratively, of a person or behavior Short-tempered and gruff but, sometimes, with a harmless or benign inner nature; peevish, surly, harsh.
  • noun chiefly UK A tramp or homeless young person with poor cleanliness.
  • noun slang Dried eye mucus.
  • noun chiefly UK A member of an urban subculture with roots in punk and grebo, characterized by antiestablishment attitudes and an unkempt appearance.

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

  • adjective brusque and surly and forbidding
  • adjective having a hardened crust as a covering

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, equivalent to crust +‎ -y.

Examples

  • Selig, crusty from the criticism that surrounds his decision, stuck with his position that there were no other choices.

    Television concerns to blame for Astros unfair road trip

  • A fondue is a delicious way to while away a cold winter evening ... huddled around a pot of molten cheese, dipping in crusty bread and potato wedges.

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Admit it, it’s a pretty name—at least when it’s not modified by the word crusty.

    Johanna Lindsey

  • Admit it, it’s a pretty name—at least when it’s not modified by the word crusty.

    Johanna Lindsey

  • Admit it, it’s a pretty name—at least when it’s not modified by the word crusty.

    Johanna Lindsey

  • Admit it, it’s a pretty name—at least when it’s not modified by the word crusty.

    Johanna Lindsey

  • Admit it, it’s a pretty name—at least when it’s not modified by the word crusty.

    Johanna Lindsey

  • In Persian restaurants, they call the crusty bits "ta-dig" rather than kazmag.

    Azerbaian Pilaf with Pomegranate Meatballs

  • It's described as crusty and stiff and bleached out.

    CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2008

  • That Thoreau gave the impression of being what country folk call a crusty person -- curt and forbidding in manner -- seems pretty well established.

    The Last Harvest

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • And this isn't/some crusty superannuated old Colonel/ lamenting, saying 'Of course, it was all fields then...',/but me, as my cardio-whatsit ticks limply, observing/the clocks all knackered, whereas they used not to be.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008