Definition of fusty in English:

fusty

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌsti
 
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adjective (fustier, fustiest)

1Smelling stale, damp, or stuffy: the fusty odour of decay
More example sentences
  • I also parted with a large sum of money and came away with a 7 tightly wrapped bags containing a week's supply of something that smells old, fusty and a bit mouldering.
  • The ancient chairs and the stage area give out a fusty smell.
  • Yes, they may be a little fusty and they may smell of beer, but at least that won't give you cancer.
Synonyms
1.1Old-fashioned in attitude or style: grammar in the classroom became a fusty notion
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  • There's nothing musty or fusty about a passion for old, rare, or out-of-print books, Janette insists.
  • A growing number of abolitionists say it intimidates newcomers to court, gives self-importance to those who officiate there and makes the justice system look fusty, out of touch and just a little ridiculous.
  • Those vulnerable to infection perhaps need to understand that this is not just fusty old adults trying to stop their fun.
Synonyms

Origin

late 15th century: from Old French fuste 'smelling of the cask', from fust 'cask, tree trunk', from Latin fustis 'cudgel'.

Derivatives

fustily

adverb
More example sentences
  • In the project to reclaim folk music, how was the listener to hear the personal behind the fustily archetypal?
  • Though the meat was fabric-thin and tender, orange peel dominated the sauce like an overzealous church matron, fustily perfumed and bitter.
  • Yet for all his roughshod opinions, Orwell was a gentle man who could be as fustily English as tea and crumpets.

fustiness

noun
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  • The advent of television news, changing public tolerance for violence, and the increasing fustiness of newspaper owners were already conspiring to make this sort of rough-and-ready tabloid fare a thing of the past.
  • And when you are entering your teens, making all that fuss about the adolescent equivalent of martini smacks of premature fustiness.
  • In one of his occasional rants he contrasts pop's regenerative qualities with the fustiness of high culture.

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