frowsty
adjective (frowstier; -est) Etymology: alteration of frowsy Date: 1865 1. chiefly British musty 2. chiefly British frowsy 2

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  • frowsty — having an unpleasant smell, 1865, of unknown origin; perhaps related to O.Fr. frouste ruinous, decayed, or to O.E. þroh rancid; both of which also are of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • frowsty — [frous′tē] adj. frowstier, frowstiest [prob. altered < FROWZY] Brit. musty or stuffy frowstiness n …   English World dictionary

  • frowsty — UK [ˈfraʊstɪ] / US adjective Word forms frowsty : adjective frowsty comparative frowstier superlative frowstiest British a frowsty room has an unpleasant smell because it does not have fresh air in it …   English dictionary

  • frowsty — frowstily, adv. frowstiness, n. /frow stee/, adj., frowstier, frowstiest. Brit. Informal. musty; ill smelling. [1860 65; perh. dial. var. of FROWZY] * * * …   Universalium

  • frowsty — adjective musty; stuffy (atmosphere) …   Wiktionary

  • frowsty — Synonyms and related words: bad, bad smelling, blasted, blighted, blown, despoiled, fecal, fetid, flyblown, foul, frowsy, frowy, frowzy, fulsome, funky, fusty, gamy, graveolent, high, ill smelling, maggoty, malodorous, mephitic, miasmal, miasmic …   Moby Thesaurus

  • frowsty —  , frowzy  The first means musty or stale; the second, untidy or dingy …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • frowsty — frowst·y || fraÊŠstɪ adj. having a moldy smell; musty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • frowsty — adjective (frowstier, frowstiest) Brit. having a stale, warm, and stuffy atmosphere. Derivatives frowstiness noun Origin C19 (orig. dialect): var. of frowzy …   English new terms dictionary

  • frowsty — frows·ty …   English syllables

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