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Definition of "busted" []

  • Slang Smashed or broken: busted glass; a busted rib. (adjective)
  • Slang Out of order; inoperable: a busted vending machine. (adjective)
  • Bankrupt or out of funds: I'd offer to pay but I'm busted. (adjective)
  • Tamed or broken: a busted bronco. (adjective)
  • Slang Placed under arrest: a busted shoplifter. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "busted" in a sentence
  • "And when Ryan Torain busted free for a 13-yard run, Portis gave him a huge high-five as they crossed paths on the field."
  • "The absolute lightning reaction speed of just about any animal turning on the juice after you're busted is something to behold."
  • "But bad management too, financial problems for the city, a prison riot, and in his third term busted for using crack cocaine."