1. Having the nature of crust; pertaining to a hard covering; as, a crusty coat; a crusty surface or substance.
2. Having a hard exterior, or a short, rough manner, though kind at heart; snappish; peevish; surly.
Thou crusty batch of nature, what's the news? --Shak.
adj 1: having a hardened crust as a covering [syn: crusted, encrusted,
2: brusque and surly and forbidding; "crusty remarks"; "a
crusty old man"; "his curmudgeonly temper"; "gruff
manner"; "a gruff reply" [syn: curmudgeonly, gruff, ill-humored,
[also: crustiest, crustier]