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adj. frows·ti·er, frows·ti·est Chiefly British
Having a stale smell; musty.

[Origin unknown.]


adj, -stier or -stiest
ill-smelling; stale; musty
ˈfrowstiness n


(ˈfraʊ sti)

adj. frowst•i•er, frowst•i•est. Brit.
[1860–65; perhaps dial. variant of frowzy]
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Adj.1.frowsty - stale and unclean smelling
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A section drawn from the diaries abounds with Woolf's fascinating variety of description, from "yeasty frowsty August" weather to "cold, dark, inhuman, primeval weather" (13).
It is not too much of a stretch to recognise in the frowsty figure of Venus a prostitute getting ready for her night's work.
20) Derek Walcott, "A Frowsty Fragrance," New York Review of Books 47, no.