adjective, frowst·i·er, frowst·i·est. British Informal.

  1. musty; ill-smelling.

adjective -stier or -stiest

  1. ill-smelling; stale; musty

“having an unpleasant smell,” 1865, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old French frouste “ruinous, decayed,” or to Old English þroh “rancid;” both of which also are of uncertain origin.

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