- having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
- old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
- stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.
Origin of fusty
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Examples from the Web for fusty
Any chance that fusty old uniform can get revamped into something more appropriately Batman-esque for the occasion?Joe Biden on WikiLeaks Damage and More Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
December 19, 2010
I know, I know—I feel like a fusty old crank merely posing the question.Bonfire of the Inanities
March 22, 2009
As I love the facts of life more, I care less for fusty commentators.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
It seems so funny not to go to it, instead of moping in these fusty lodgings.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Fusty, earlier foisty, is no longer used in its proper sense.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
You would have us go and live in that damp, musty, fusty place?Not Like Other Girls
Rosa N. Carey
The cab is fusty, the driver is sulky, the morning is foggy.My Miscellanies, Vol. 1 (of 2)
- smelling of damp or mould; musty
- old-fashioned in attitude
Word Origin and History for fusty
"stale-smelling," late 14c., from Old French fusté "fusty, tasting of the cask," from Old French fuist "wine cask," originally "stick, stave," from Latin fustis "staff, stick of wood." Related: Fustiness.