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Origin of frowsty

First recorded in 1860–65; perhaps dialectal variant of frowzy
Related formsfrowst·i·ly, adverbfrowst·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for frowsty

damp, fetid, malodorous, musty, rank, stagnant, stale, stuffy, frowsty, stinky

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adjective -stier or -stiest
  1. ill-smelling; stale; musty
Derived Formsfrowstiness, noun
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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.

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