frowsy

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adjective frow·sy \ˈfrau̇-zē\
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frowzy

Definition of frowsy

frowsier

or

frowzier

;

frowziest

  1. 1 :  musty, stale a frowsy smell of stale beer and stale smoke — W. S. Maugham

  2. 2 :  having a slovenly or uncared-for appearance a couple of frowsy stuffed chairs — R. M. Williams

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Examples of frowsy in a Sentence

  1. a frowsy family living in wretched poverty

  2. the abandoned house was dank and frowsy and barely fit for human habitation

Did You Know?

The exact origins of this approximately 330-year-old word may be lost in some frowsy, old book somewhere, but some etymologists have speculated that "frowsy" (also spelled "frowzy") shares a common ancestor with the younger, chiefly British word frowsty, a synonym of "frowsy" in both its senses. That ancestor could be the Old French word frouste, meaning "ruinous" or "decayed," or the now mostly obsolete English word frough or frow, meaning "brittle" or "fragile." The English dramatist Thomas Otway is the first person (as far as we know) to have used "frowsy" in print. In his comedy "The Souldier's Fortune," published in 1681, the character Beau refers to another character as "a frouzy Fellmonger."

Origin and Etymology of frowsy

origin unknown


FROWSY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of frowsy for English Language Learners

  • : having a messy or dirty appearance


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