adjective (frowstier, frowstiest)British
Having a stale, warm, and stuffy atmosphere: a small, frowsty office
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- Yet, only a year ago, the conventional wisdom was that the Golden Jubilee was likely to be a frowsty and embarrassingly ill-attended affair.
- Here we are back in the pestilent purlieus of Walham Green, and the frowsty atmosphere of the frowsy ‘medium’ and the squalid séance.
- Its roughcast walls are pitted; it has an air of frowsty, shut-up dereliction.
mid 19th century (originally dialect): variant of frowzy.
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- When we think of pews and hassocks and the Parish Magazine, we tend to rebel against the yoke of official religion, with its suggestion of formalism and even frowstiness.