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plural -s
chiefly British
: stale stuffy atmosphere : offensive or musty odor
the frowst that rose … from my beddingMonica Baldwin
the frowst of a third-class carriage full of sleepy travelersJohn Buchan


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intransitive verb

variants or froust
: to loll or lounge especially indoors
why should one frowst within four walls on such a nightJ. C. Snaith

Word History



back-formation from frowsty

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“Frowst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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