Adjective "fusty" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Smelling stale, damp, or stuffy.
  1. 'The dog stunk from across the room, fusty, like an old armchair left on the porch, and Ruth figured the dog hadn't passed gas before in the car; she'd simply smell like this forever.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'Gone are the ancient vats and fusty old barrels.'
  4. 'The museum - the family's former residence - is brown, fusty and lifeless.'
  5. 'As darkness fell and Christmas lights came on in windows we would drive from one fusty home to another, greeting impossibly old and decaying and undoubtedly lonely people.'
  6. 'I was fed with a very full and appetising meal, which was fortunately not too rich for my weakened state, my body was cleaned and my filthy, fusty clothes were replaced by crisp clean laundry-smelling ones.'
  7. 'It smelled fusty inside, like a greenhouse that doesn't see much use.'
  8. 'grammar in the classroom became a fusty notion'
  9. 'There was a fondness for what was seen as a fusty old English brand.'
  10. 'I'm going to try real, real hard to not be especially cynical - nothing's worse than a fusty, cranky sourpuss who was there when it really mattered.'
  11. 'In it, he said that the sight of the marchers being welcomed into ‘the fusty belch-filled dining rooms’ of exclusive London clubs was a reminder of reasons for voting Labour.'
  12. 'It's as if Nancy Mitford had transplanted her cynical eye from fusty English aristocrats in the 1930s to New York's nouveau riche in the 1990s.'
  13. 'She has lifted circulation from 64,000 to around 68,000 in her first year, by bringing in a less fusty design, more features and columns, and even a number of gossip columns.'
  14. 'The fusty literary empire became impregnable.'
  15. 'It has gone from an ecstatic confluence of societal change and economic opportunity to a fusty business institution.'
  16. 'It suited a society that wanted a select few to pursue the life of the mind, through immersing themselves in such fusty subjects as Classics or philosophy, while everybody else did something less useless instead.'
  17. 'Apparently some fusty Brits thought this was the most rib-tickling piece of rubbish-talking they'd ever heard.'
  18. 'The Windsor, the oldest five-star hotel in Australia, at first can seem fusty and a little conservative, but she soon comes alive with the stories told about her.'


1. having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.

2. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.

3. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.

More examples(as adjective)

"smells can be fusty."

"rooms can be fusty."

"layers can be fusty."

"images can be fusty."

"conferences can be fusty."

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