adjective, frowst·i·er, frowst·i·est. British Informal.
Origin of frowsty
Examples from the Web for frowsty
"I can't understand what consolation you expect to find by shutting yourself up with a lot of frowsty monks," said Guy fretfully.Guy and Pauline|Compton Mackenzie
"I can't understand what consolation you expect to find by shutting yourself up with a lot of frowsty monks," said Guy, fretfully.Plashers Mead|Compton Mackenzie
She opened the back door, and he followed her into the frowsty passage.Sinister Street, vol. 2|Compton Mackenzie
He went up to the frowsty study-bedroom, and sat down at his table.If Winter Don't|Barry Pain
For there are frowsty children, just as there are frowsty adults, who dont want freedom.A Treatise on Parents and Children|George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for frowsty
adjective -stier or -stiest
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.