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

Related Words for frowzy

dirty, unkempt, untidy, slatternly

Examples from the Web for frowzy

Historical Examples of frowzy

British Dictionary definitions for frowzy


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for frowzy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper