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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Definitions for frowzy

  1. dirty and untidy; slovenly.
  2. ill-smelling; musty.

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Citations for frowzy
Such hair as he had was of a grizzled black, cut short and straight upon his temples, and hanging in a frowzy fridge about his ears. Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1841
The treaty usually took place in the dishevelled drawing-room, after a round of the widely parted chambers, where frowzy beds, covered with frowzy white counterpanes, stood on frowzy carpets or yet frowzier mattings, and dusty windows peered into purblind courts. William Dean Howells, London Films, 1905
Origin of frowzy
Frowzy entered English in the late 1600s. It is of uncertain origin. Some authorities say frowzy may be a variant of frowsty, whose earliest written attestation is in the mid-1800s.