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fusty

[fuhs-tee] /ˈfʌs ti/
adjective, fustier, fustiest.
1.
having a stale smell; moldy; musty:
fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
2.
old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like:
They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
3.
stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.
Origin
1350-1400
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
Synonyms
1. close, stuffy, oppressive; smelly, malodorous.
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British Dictionary definitions for fusty

fusty

/ˈfʌstɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
smelling of damp or mould; musty
2.
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
adj.

"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.

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