Definition of fusty in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌsti/

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.
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.



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.


Pronunciation: /ˈfʌstɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with fusty

bustee, busty, crusty, dusty, gusty, lusty, musty, rusty, trusty

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