fusty

[fuhs-tee]
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old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.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; Middle English fusti, equivalent to fust (noun) < Old French: wine cask, tree trunk (< Latin fūstis stick, pole) + -y1

fustily, adverb
fustiness, noun


1. close, stuffy, oppressive; smelly, malodorous.
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fusty (ˈfʌstɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  smelling of damp or mould; musty
2.  old-fashioned in attitude
 
[C14: from fust wine cask, from Old French: cask, tree trunk, from Latin fūstis cudgel, club]
 
'fustily
 
adv
 
'fustiness
 
n

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fusty
"stale-smelling," late 14c., from O.Fr. fusté "fusty, tasting of the cask," from O.Fr. fuist, "wine cask," originally "stick, stave," from L. fustis "staff, stick of wood."
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The fuming magicians with their fusty deceits ought to stop griping and get with the times.
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