Adjective "Crusty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or acting as a hard outer layer or covering.
  1. 'Lake Manyara was ringed by crusty salt deposits'
  2. 'The bread basket full of hot, crusty rolls sets the right hospitable tone.'
  3. 'There's a choice of Italian cold cuts - you know the list, capicollo to mortadella to prosciutto - served on crusty fresh bread.'
  4. 'The vegetable casserole stood on the newly tiled work top ready to re-heat, enough for two with the crusty brown bread she had bought that morning.'
  5. 'Look at the soil - does the soil look soft and mellow, or is it hard and crusty?'
  6. 'The formations tower over the river basin below like ancient sentinels standing watch over the crusty earth that conceals the fossilized treasures concealed within.'
  7. 'The chicken and mushroom soup was delicious and came with a sizeable section of hot crusty baguette.'
(especially of an old person) easily irritated.
  1. 'We were met off the plane by a crusty gentleman called Lukas who had been sent by the prominent and notorious pop band member's record company.'
  2. 'And you can't beat that crusty old hypocrite, Joseph, for comic relief.'
  3. 'Are those gastronomic geniuses really a crusty lot?'
  4. 'He's crusty and he's tough, and he stands very firmly for his positions.'
  5. 'And that meant a group of tired and crusty councillors were not able to get to a very important item until late in the afternoon of Feb. 10.'
  6. 'He still lives with his crusty father Martin.'
  7. 'There were young couples like us and old crusty looking investor types measuring the land and imagining how many units they could squeeze onto the property.'
  8. 'Cartoons usually depict archaeologists as crusty old fogies, covered in cobwebs, and obsessed with old bones and cracked pots.'
  9. 'He wants to play the crusty sergeant in those old war movies - the guy who doesn't flinch as bullets whiz by, while privates freak out.'
  10. 'She is all alone in the world, or so she thinks, when she suddenly inherits a rundown shack up north, which comes complete with a crusty old grandfather and some other surprising relatives she didn't know about.'


A young person who is homeless or travels constantly, has a shabby appearance, and rejects conventional values.
  1. 'There were lots of different sorts of people there - from outwardly completely conventional to complete crusties.'
  2. 'Inside the venue was a mix of aging punks, football supporters, crusties and a smattering of Germans.'
  3. 'There were some young crusty / hippy types controlling the juke box in the pub last night.'
  4. 'Optimistic crusties with unusual skin disorders busked tunelessly on flutes.'
  5. 'There were a lot of crusty kids in there so it already stunk.'


1. having a crisp or thick crust: a loaf of crusty French bread.

2. of the nature of or resembling a crust.

3. harsh; surly; rude: a crusty remark.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be crusty round edges."

"breads can be crusty."

"loaves can be crusty."

"rolls can be crusty."

"toasts can be crusty."

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