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or frouz·y

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adjective, frowz·i·er, frowz·i·est.
  1. dirty and untidy; slovenly.
  2. ill-smelling; musty.
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Origin of frowzy

First recorded in 1675–85; origin uncertain
Related formsfrowz·i·ly, adverbfrowz·i·ness, noun
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frouzy or frowsy

adjective frowzier, frowziest, frouzier, frouziest, frowsier or frowsiest
  1. untidy or unkempt in appearance; shabby
  2. ill-smelling; frowsty
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Derived Formsfrowziness, frouziness or frowsiness, noun

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for frowzy


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

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