- musty; ill-smelling.
Origin of frowsty
Examples from the Web for frowsty
He went up to the frowsty study-bedroom, and sat down at his table.If Winter Don't
She opened the back door, and he followed her into the frowsty passage.Sinister Street, vol. 2
Our goods must never get into a "frowsty," shop-damaged state.Dawson Black: Retail Merchant
For there are frowsty children, just as there are frowsty adults, who dont want freedom.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
"Really, my frowsty old Camembert, don't ask us to believe that they had all overlooked it," expostulated Frederick.
- ill-smelling; stale; musty
Word Origin and History for frowsty
"having an unpleasant smell," 1865, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French frouste "ruinous, decayed," or to Old English þroh "rancid;" both of which also are of uncertain origin.