[ fuhs-tee ]
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adjective,fus·ti·er, fus·ti·est.
  1. having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.

  2. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.

  1. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.

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 for fusty

Other words from fusty

  • fus·ti·ly, adverb
  • fus·ti·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fusty


/ (ˈfʌstɪ) /

adjective-tier or -tiest
  1. smelling of damp or mould; musty

  2. old-fashioned in attitude

Origin of fusty

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

Derived forms of fusty

  • fustily, adverb
  • fustiness, noun

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