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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

fusty

\FUHS-tee\ , adjective;
1.
old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
2.
having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
3.
stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.
Quotes:
It seemed somewhat fusty with its plush gold and red trimmings and ornate furniture, all of it so completely devoid of human activity.
-- Curtis Gillespie, Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast, 2002
She entered, and without further talk went up a steep, fusty stair and knocked at a door on a tiny landing.
-- Thomas Burke, Twinkletoes, 1926
Origin:
Fusty can be traced back to the Latin fustis meaning "staff, stick of wood." It entered English in the 1390s.
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