Share this entry

Share this page

frowst

Syllabification: frowst
Pronunciation: /froust
 
/
informal , chiefly British

Definition of frowst in English:

noun

[in singular]
A warm, stuffy atmosphere in a room.
Example sentences
  • The sleepy old man of Winter made frowst and fuddle, curled up in shaggy fleecy December pelts: a vast apathy held me safe and warm.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
Lounge about in a warm, stuffy atmosphere: don’t frowst by the fire all day
More example sentences
  • In ‘pushing the envelope’ the game is to see how many more minutes of frowsting can be done without the boss coming down on you for being late.
  • Whilst frowsting in this refuge, I used to read the files on those boys, senior to me, who had been sent for to fill in their career forms.
  • There should be a healthy balance between exercise (mental and physical) and recreational frowsting.

Origin

late 19th century: back-formation from frowsty.

Derivatives

frowster

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Petty criminals, frowsters, and slackers answered their country's call and became instant heroes.

Words that rhyme with frowst

Faust, joust, oust, roust

Definition of frowst in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…