Definition of “rusty” - English Dictionary

“rusty” in British English

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uk /ˈrʌs.ti/ us /ˈrʌs.ti/

rusty adjective (METAL)

B2 covered with rust (= metal decay):

a rusty car/nail

More examples

  • My old bicycle was so rusty that the gears had frozen.
  • The door squeaked as it swung back and forth on its rusty hinges.
  • There was a pile of rusty old cans by the door.
  • I pushed back the rusty old gate and staggered into the garden.
  • The track remains in position but rusty with disuse.

(Definition of “rusty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“rusty” in American English

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us /ˈrʌs·ti/

(esp. of a person) not as good at knowing or doing something as you once were, because you have not practiced it in a long time:

We’re a little rusty after having the summer off.

(of the surface of something made of iron or steel) covered with a red-brown substance that formed as a result of decay caused by reacting with air and water:

People would toss their soda cans into rusty old barrels.

(Definition of “rusty” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)