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Related to fustiness: stirred up, undeterred, overhyped, hunkered down


adj. fus·ti·er, fus·ti·est
1. Smelling of mildew or decay; musty.
2. Old-fashioned; antique.

[Middle English, from Old French fust, piece of wood, wine cask, from Latin fūstis, stick, club, of unknown origin.]

fus′ti·ly adv.
fus′ti·ness n.
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