Definition of rusty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrʌsti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrʌsti//
    (rustier, rustiest) Language skills
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  1. 1covered with rust rusty metal a rusty old car
  2. 2[not usually before noun] (informal) (of a sport, skill, etc.) not as good as it used to be, because you have not been practising My tennis is very rusty these days. I haven't played the piano for ages—I may be a little rusty. My golf’s a bit rusty—I haven’t played for years! skills that grow rusty from disuse See related entries: Language skills
  3. Word OriginOld English rūstig (see rust, -y).
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