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frowzy

or frouzy

[frou-zee] /ˈfraʊ zi/
adjective, frowzier, frowziest.
1.
dirty and untidy; slovenly.
2.
ill-smelling; musty.
Origin of frowzy
1675-1685
1675-85; origin uncertain
Related forms
frowzily, adverb
frowziness, noun
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  • The dull, black, frowzy outline of the valance above me was within an inch of being parallel with his waist.

  • By day the streets are a depression, with their frowzy doss-houses and their vapour-baths.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • They were a "frowzy lot," as Miss Briggs characterized their appearance.

  • "Wehling," said the waiting father, sitting up, red-eyed and frowzy.

    2 B R 0 2 B Kurt Vonnegut
  • If it is a reptile, and I suppose it is; for it has frowzy hair and blue eyes, and looks like a reptile.

  • But it was a mass of frowzy curls that seemed full of sunshine.

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • On a bench nearby a frowzy loafer opened his red eyes and perceived that his moral support was due a downtrodden brother.

  • There was a great din of voices coming from its frowzy interior, and he wondered.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • The frowzy woman with the bleached hair happened to come in at that moment; or had she been spying through a crack of the door?

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Its frowzy blinds were down, and out on the Pool nothing moved but a fishing-boat sweeping in upon the first of the flood.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for frowzy

frowzy

/ˈfraʊzɪ/
adjective frowzier, frowziest, frouzier, frouziest, frowsier, frowsiest
1.
untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby
2.
ill-smelling; frowsty
Derived Forms
frowziness, frouziness, frowsiness, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for frowzy
adj.

also frowsy, 1680s, possibly related to dialectal frowsty (q.v.).

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