• Seeking of Rusty Pins and Old Nails--2-30-210
    Seeking of Rusty Pins and Old Nails--2-30-210
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rusty of the brown color of rust
    • adj rusty ancient "hoary jokes"
    • adj rusty covered with or consisting of rust "a rusty machine","rusty deposits"
    • adj rusty impaired in skill by neglect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rusty Covered or affected with rust; as, a rusty knife or sword; rusty wheat.
    • Rusty Discolored and rancid; reasty; as, rusty bacon.
    • Rusty Discolored; stained; not cleanly kept; filthy. "The rusty little schooners that bring firewood from the British provinces."
    • Rusty Impaired by inaction, disuse, or neglect. "Hector,] in this dull and long-continued truce,
      Is rusty grown."
    • Rusty (Bot) Resembling, or covered with a substance resembling, rust; affected with rust; rubiginous.
    • Rusty Rust-colored; dark. "Rusty blood."
    • Rusty Surly; morose; crusty; sullen. "Rusty words."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rusty Covered or affected with rust: as, a rusty knife or sword.
    • rusty Consisting of rust; hence, having the appearance or effect of rust: as, rusty stains.
    • rusty Covered, incrusted, or stained with a dirty substance resembling rust; hence, filthy; specifically, as applied to grain, affected with the rust-disease: as, rusty wheat.
    • rusty In botany and zoology, of the color of rust; rubiginous; ferruginous.
    • rusty Red or yellow, as fish when the brine in which they are prepared evaporates. Fat fish, like herrings, mackerel, or halibut-fins, often turn rusty.
    • rusty Having lost the original gloss or luster; time-worn; shabby: as, a rusty black; clothes rusty at the seams.
    • rusty Out of practice; dulled in skill or knowledge through disuse or inactivity.
    • rusty Causing rust; rendering dull or inactive.
    • rusty Rough; hoarse; harsh; grating: as, a rusty voice.
    • rusty To make rusty; rust.
    • rusty Same as reasty for reasted.
    • rusty Stubborn: same as resty for restive.
    • rusty Uncivil; surly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rusty covered with rust: impaired by inactivity, out of practice: dull: affected with rust-disease: time-worn: of a rusty black: rough: obstinate: discoloured
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  • Sir Walter Scott
    “A rusty nail placed near a faithful compass, will sway it from the truth, and wreck the argosy.”
  • Robert Hughes
    Robert Hughes
    “A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.”


Rusty needle - When something is described as a rusty needle, it is badly damaged but still works, or if someone very is sick or tired but still manages to do things at a fairly good level. An alternative form is "a tarnished needle".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rustig,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. rust; Ger. rost.


In literature:

May the hinges of friendship never grow rusty.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
What's wrong with you, Rusty?
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
The first rusty latch yielded easily.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
The coat of Reb' Lebe was rusty, and so was his skull-cap.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Rusty Wren looked thoughtful.
"The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat" by Arthur Scott Bailey
They taste like rusty spoons.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
But at last Rusty Wren, who had come to the garden to look for worms, noticed that Grandfather Mole was quite upset over something.
"The Tale of Grandfather Mole" by Arthur Scott Bailey
So old rusty shotguns were got out and cleaned up in readiness for the fray.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
And he saw at once that he would have to miss Rusty Wren's cousin's party, because he certainly couldn't go on, with the weather as it was.
"The Tale of Daddy Longlegs" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And neither will Rusty Wren.
"The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot" by Arthur Scott Bailey

In poetry:

You bowed
to the crown of blood
your foot
by a rusty nail
"One Summer" by Ernesto Trejo
SILENT, breezy afternoons,
Silent, dull November eves,
Creaking gate and rusty hinge,
Voices of dead leaves.
" The Patriot's Birthplace" by Annie Adams Fields
"Poplars and fountains and you cypress spires
Springing in dark and rusty flame,
Seek you aught that hath a name?
Or say, say: Are you all an upward agony
Of undefined desires?
"Song of Poplars" by Aldous Huxley
Nothing disturbed the murmur deep
Of the river broad and fair;
No one awoke it from peaceful sleep,
Save when floating mice o'er its breast would creep,
Or the rusty-coated bear.
"The Forest River." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
John McKeen, in his rusty dress,
His loosened collar, and swarthy throat,
His face unshaven, and none the less,
His hearty laugh and his wholesomeness,
And the wealth of a workman's vote!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley
And, unless spoken often, soon goes rusty.
Distance and duties divide us,
But absence will not seem an evil
If it make our re-meeting
A real occasion. Come when you can:
Your room will be ready.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden

In news:

Friends around the world are sending best wishes and prayers to Rusty Wier, the singer, songwriter and storyteller who has been putting smiles on faces since the 70s.
Another time, it was Rusty Ferracane, eyeing a tray of bagels.
Earth passed between the sun and a full moon last night, sending our interstellar sidekick into rusty shadow and Wired Science readers to their cameras.
Pictured back row, left to right, are Grady Crew, Tom Husband, and Rusty Olney.
In back is the barn her husband Rusty and brother-in-law built as storage for lawn equipment.
Ever open up your tackle drawer to find rusty trebles making a mess of things.
With its rusty fixtures, peeling paint and trampled lawn, the Mall has long been in need of a facelift.
Hair: Rusty Phillips at MODERN SALON Artist Session.
Friends around the world are sending best wishes and prayers to Rusty Wier , the singer, songwriter and storyteller who has been putting smiles on faces since the 70s.
(Rusty) Bowman 53, of Kansas City, Mo.
Rusty Russell Getty Images Entertainment.
Boys sit atop a rusty tank and jump into the polluted Pasig River.
"Mike is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past 10 years," Fairmont State athletic director Rusty Elliott said in a university release.
Daniel Gibson looked very rusty in his 20 minutes.
The Hill Country Sours on Sprawl by Rusty Middleton Published on Friday, November 14, 2008, at 12:00 CST.