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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Definitions for frowzy

  1. dirty and untidy; slovenly
  2. smelling bad; musty

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Citations for frowzy
"Lady," said a frowzy, spiritless panhandler, "c'n ya lemmee have a quarter to buy my little boy some milk?" , Time
Based on an old apartment building in Spokane, Wash., it is complete with frowzy lobby and stains on the wall that you wouldn't want to analyze too closely. Jerry V. Haines, Los Angeles Times
Origin of frowzy
by 1681, possibly related to dialect form frowsty "smelly," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Old English þroh "rancid"
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