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[fuhs-tee] /ˈfʌs ti/
adjective, fustier, fustiest.
having a stale smell; moldy; musty:
fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like:
They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.
Origin of fusty
1350-1400; Middle English fusti, equivalent to fust (noun) < Old French: wine cask, tree trunk (< Latin fūstis stick, pole) + -y1
Related forms
fustily, adverb
fustiness, noun
1. close, stuffy, oppressive; smelly, malodorous. Unabridged
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  • You would have us go and live in that damp, musty, fusty place?

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • fusty, earlier foisty, is no longer used in its proper sense.

  • The funny thing is that his people are as poor as church mice—three brown mice in a fusty little house like a family pew.

  • You're not selfish and you're not fusty; but you remind me of him when you make remarks like your first.

  • The cab is fusty, the driver is sulky, the morning is foggy.

  • A fusty, musty smell was in the room, in the air of the staircase, everywhere.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • My money supports men of genius and taste—it shall not be frittered away on a pack of fusty shopkeepers.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • The vessel was laden with rice, and the fusty heat which came up from below was something awful.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
British Dictionary definitions for fusty


adjective -tier, -tiest
smelling of damp or mould; musty
old-fashioned in attitude
Derived Forms
fustily, adverb
fustiness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from fust wine cask, from Old French: cask, tree trunk, from Latin fūstis cudgel, club
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Word Origin and History for fusty

"stale-smelling," late 14c., from Old French fusté "fusty, tasting of the cask," from Old French fuist "wine cask," originally "stick, stave," from Latin fustis "staff, stick of wood." Related: Fustiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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