- dirty and untidy; slovenly.
- ill-smelling; musty.
Origin of frowzy
First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for frowzy
They passed a frowzy chambermaid, who stared at them with a yawn.The Greater Inclination
It was still musty, close, and frowzy, with half-awakened passengers.Found At Blazing Star
By day the streets are a depression, with their frowzy doss-houses and their vapour-baths.Nights in London
"Wehling," said the waiting father, sitting up, red-eyed and frowzy.2 B R 0 2 B
This, indeed, forms no part of their character; on the contrary they are what Swift would call a frowzy people.
frouzy or frowsy
- untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby
- ill-smelling; frowsty
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for frowzy
also frowsy, 1680s, possibly related to dialectal frowsty (q.v.).
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