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frowsty

[frou-stee] /ˈfraʊ sti/
adjective, frowstier, frowstiest. British Informal.
1.
musty; ill-smelling.
Origin of frowsty
1860-1865
1860-65; perhaps dialectal variant of frowzy
Related forms
frowstily, adverb
frowstiness, noun
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  • "I can't understand what consolation you expect to find by shutting yourself up with a lot of frowsty monks," said Guy, fretfully.

    Plashers Mead Compton Mackenzie
  • For there are frowsty children, just as there are frowsty adults, who dont want freedom.

  • She opened the back door, and he followed her into the frowsty passage.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • "Really, my frowsty old Camembert, don't ask us to believe that they had all overlooked it," expostulated Frederick.

  • Our goods must never get into a "frowsty," shop-damaged state.

  • "I can't understand what consolation you expect to find by shutting yourself up with a lot of frowsty monks," said Guy fretfully.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • He went up to the frowsty study-bedroom, and sat down at his table.

    If Winter Don't Barry Pain
British Dictionary definitions for frowsty

frowsty

/ˈfraʊstɪ/
adjective -stier, -stiest
1.
ill-smelling; stale; musty
Derived Forms
frowstiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for frowsty
adj.

"having an unpleasant smell," 1865, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French frouste "ruinous, decayed," or to Old English þroh "rancid;" both of which also are of uncertain origin.

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