or frowzy adjective (frowsier or frowzier; -est) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1681 1. musty, stale <
a frowsy smell of stale beer and stale smoke — W. S. Maugham
2. having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance <
a couple of frowsy stuffed chairs — R. M. Williams

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • frowsy — adjective /ˈfɹæʊzi/ Having a dingy, neglected, and scruffy appearance. He had seen it lying in the window of a frowsy little junk shop in a slummy quarter of the town (just what quarter he did not now remember) and had been stricken immediately… …   Wiktionary

  • frowsy — frowsily, adv. frowsiness, n. /frow zee/, adj., frowsier, frowsiest. frowzy. Also, frousy. * * * …   Universalium

  • frowsy — Synonyms and related words: blowsy, dowdy, draggletailed, funky, fusty, lax, musty, neglectful, negligent, noisome, rank, reeking, remiss, slack, slattern, smelly, sordid, stale, stinking …   Moby Thesaurus

  • frowsy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. unkempt, slovenly, frumpy. See uncleanness, vulgarity. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective See frowzy …   English dictionary for students

  • frowsy — adj unpleasant, nasty. The word, used by UK adolescents since around 2000, may be an alteration or mis hearing of the archaic frowsty which, since the 19th century, has meant smelly, stuffy, oppressive …   Contemporary slang

  • frowsy — adj. untidy, unkempt; slatternly, slovenly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • frowsy — frow·sy …   English syllables

  • frowsy — frows•y [[t]ˈfraʊ zi[/t]] adj. frows•i•er, frows•i•est frowzy …   From formal English to slang

  • frowsy — adjective negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt filled the door with her frowzy bulk frowzy white hair slovenly appearance • Syn: ↑frowzy, ↑slovenly • Similar to: ↑untidy …   Useful english dictionary

  • frow·zy — ↑frowsy …   Useful english dictionary

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