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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Definitions for fusty

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 old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.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

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Citations for fusty
It seemed somewhat fusty with its plush gold and red trimmings and ornate furniture, all of it so completely devoid of human activity. Curtis Gillespie, Playing Through: A Year of Life and Links Along the Scottish Coast, 2002
She entered, and without further talk went up a steep, fusty stair and knocked at a door on a tiny landing. Thomas Burke, Twinkletoes, 1926
Origin of fusty
Fusty can be traced back to the Latin fustis meaning "staff, stick of wood." It entered English in the 1390s.