General English


  • noun an old person. A term of mild contempt or even affection to their elders among Sloane Rangers and other young people of the late 1970s, becoming more widespread since. A less common alternative to wrinkly. In The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook (1982) Ann Barr and peter york attempted to define the ages of adults as follows: wrinkly (40 to 50 years old); crumbly (50 to 70 years old); and dusty (70 and above).
  • noun a dustman. Not as common an abbreviation as postie for postman, for instance.


  • used to describe a wine that gives the impression of containing sediment or grit or that has a smell of a dusty room