[ frou-zee ]
/ ˈfraʊ zi /

adjective, frouz·i·er, frouz·i·est.

Nearby words

  1. froude number,
  2. froude, james anthony,
  3. froufrou,
  4. frounce,
  5. frousy,
  6. frow,
  7. froward,
  8. frowardly,
  9. frown,
  10. frown on


or frouz·y

[ frou-zee ]
/ ˈfraʊ zi /

adjective, frowz·i·er, frowz·i·est.

dirty and untidy; slovenly.
ill-smelling; musty.

Origin of frowzy

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain

Related formsfrowz·i·ly, adverbfrowz·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frouzy

  • The frouzy cotton was visible at other places—peeping through various rents both in jacket and trousers.

  • A swarm of naked brats with a frouzy Indian wife set up a howl of woe.

  • I envy his children (I am sure he has a frouzy, ragged brood of them) for they have at least somewhere to sleep.

British Dictionary definitions for frouzy


frouzy or frowsy

/ (ˈfraʊzɪ) /

adjective frowzier, frowziest, frouzier, frouziest, frowsier or frowsiest

untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby
ill-smelling; frowsty
Derived Formsfrowziness, frouziness or frowsiness, noun

Word Origin for frowzy

C17: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for frouzy



also frowsy, 1680s, possibly related to dialectal frowsty (q.v.).

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