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frowsty

[frou-stee] /ˈfraʊ sti/
adjective, frowstier, frowstiest. British Informal.
1.
musty; ill-smelling.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; perhaps dialectal variant of frowzy
Related forms
frowstily, adverb
frowstiness, noun
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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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