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fusty

[ fuhs-tee ]
/ ˈfʌs ti /
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adjective, fus·ti·er, fus·ti·est.

having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.

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Origin of fusty

1350–1400; Middle English fusti, equivalent to fust (noun) <Old French: wine cask, tree trunk (<Latin fūstis stick, pole) + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM fusty

fus·ti·ly, adverbfus·ti·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for fusty

fusty
/ (ˈfʌstɪ) /

adjective -tier or -tiest

smelling of damp or mould; musty
old-fashioned in attitude

Derived forms of fusty

fustily, adverbfustiness, noun

Word Origin for fusty

C14: from fust wine cask, from Old French: cask, tree trunk, from Latin fūstis cudgel, club
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