adjective \ˈfəs-tē\

: full of dust and unpleasant smells : not fresh

: very old-fashioned


Full Definition of FUSTY

British :  impaired by age or dampness :  moldy
:  saturated with dust and stale odors :  musty
:  rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary
fus·ti·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
fus·ti·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of FUSTY

  1. The trunk was full of fusty clothing.
  2. <couldn't stay too long in the fusty attic without sneezing>

Origin of FUSTY

probably alteration of Middle English foisted, foist musty, from foist wine cask, from Anglo-French fust, fuist wood, tree trunk, cask, from Medieval Latin fustis
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with FUSTY


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