adjective, frouz·i·er, frouz·i·est.


or frouz·y


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

Historical Examples of frouzy

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

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

  • 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

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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