Pronunciation Noun


  1. A more solid, dense or hard layer on a surface or boundary.
  2. The external, hardened layer of certain foodstuffs, including most types of bread, fried meat, etc.
  3. An outer layer composed of pastry
    • Th' impenetrable crust thy teeth defies.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 3, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  4. The bread-like base of a pizza.
  5. (geology) The outermost layer of the lithosphere of the Earth.
  6. The shell of crabs, lobsters, etc.
  7. (uncountable, informal) Nerve, gall.
    You've got a lot of crust standing there saying that.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XVIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855 ↗:
      “Oh?” she said. “So you have decided to revise my guest list for me? You have the nerve, the – the –” I saw she needed helping out. “Audacity,” I said, throwing her the line. “The audacity to dictate to me who I shall have in my house.” It should have been “whom”, but I let it go. “You have the –” “Crust.” “– the immortal rind,” she amended, and I had to admit it was stronger, “to tell me whom” – she got it right that time – “I may entertain at Brinkley Court and who” – wrong again – “I may not.”
  8. (music genre) Ellipsis of crust punk#English|crust punk a subgenre of punk music
  9. (British, informal) A living.
    Synonyms: daily bread, income, livelihood
    to earn one's crust
    • 1999, Norman Longworth, Making Lifelong Learning Work: Learning Cities for a Learning Century, Psychology Press (ISBN 9780749427276), ['s%20%22crust%22&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q=one's%20%22crust%22&f=false page 1]:
      Like most of us, I am frequently asked by friends and people I meet in business situations or round the dinner table what I do to earn my crust.
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crust (crusts, present participle crusting; past and past participle crusted)

  1. (transitive) To cover with a crust.
    • The whole body is crusted over with ice.
    • Their minds are crusted over, like diamonds in the rock.
  2. (intransitive) To form a crust.

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