adjective fus·ty \ˈfəs-tē\

: full of dust and unpleasant smells : not fresh

: very old-fashioned


Full Definition of FUSTY

British :  impaired by age or dampness :  moldy
:  saturated with dust and stale odors :  musty
:  rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary
fus·ti·ly \-tə-lē\ adverb
fus·ti·ness \-tē-nəs\ noun

Origin of FUSTY

probably alteration of Middle English foisted, foist musty, from foist wine cask, from Anglo-French fust, fuist wood, tree trunk, cask, from Medieval Latin fustis
First Known Use: 14th century

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>.

Rhymes with FUSTY


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