- a sudden, strong blast of wind.
- a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
- an outburst of passionate feeling.
verb (used without object)
- to blow or rush in gusts.
- Archaic. flavor or taste.
- Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
verb (used with object)
- Scot. to taste; savor.
- a sudden blast of wind
- a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
- an outburst of emotion
- to blow in guststhe wind was gusting to more than 50 mph
1580s, possibly a dialectal survival from Old Norse gustr “a cold blast of wind” (related to gusa “to gush, spurt”) or Old High German gussa “flood,” both from Proto-Germanic *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- “to pour” (see (2)). Probably originally in English as a nautical term. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Gusted; gusting.