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fusty

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of fusty

  1. having an unpleasant smell couldn't stay too long in the fusty attic without sneezing Synonyms of fusty fetid, foul, frowsty [chiefly British], frowsy (or frowzy), funky, malodorous, musty, noisome, rank, reeking, reeky, ripe, smelly, stenchy, stinking, stinky, strongWords Related to fusty putrid, rancid, skunky, stale; bad, disgusting, offensive, repulsive, revolting, vile; decayed, decaying, decomposed, decomposing, rotted, rotten, rotting, spoiled, spoiling; dirty, filthy, nasty, noxious; odiferous, odoriferous, odorousNear Antonyms of fusty flowery, fruity, spicy, woodsyAntonyms of fusty ambrosial, aromatic, fragrant, perfumed, redolent, savory (also savoury), scented, sweet

Synonym Discussion of fusty

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive.
    • malodorous fertilizers
stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting.
    • prisoners were held in stinking cells
    • the fetid odor of skunk cabbage
noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive.
    • a stagnant, noisome sewer
putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter.
    • the putrid smell of rotting fish
rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell.
    • rank cigar smoke
fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age.
    • a fusty attic
    • the musty odor of a damp cellar

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