Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rumpled; tousled; disheveled; frowzy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. in disarray; extremely disorderly

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • He answered the door looking squinty and frowzled, like we'd woken him up from a nap.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • It was an imperious demand, that every one in the Dering household had become used to, likewise, to the speaker, a mite of humanity, with wicked big blue eyes, a pug nose, and a frowzled head of brown curls.

    Six Girls A Home Story

  • "I should think they would, and you look dreadfully frowzled," said Bea, smoothing down her own dress, with an air of self-approval.

    Six Girls A Home Story

  • It was Jud Carpenter standing over her and pointing to where a frowzled broken thread was tangling itself around a separator.

    The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills

  • They entered a small stifling room where were a stove, two kitchen chairs and three frowzled beds in corners.

    His Family

  • The little things run and keep step with the older men and women; their shaggy, frowzled heads are bent, their hands protrude pitifully from their sleeves; they are barefooted, bareheaded.

    The Woman Who Toils Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls

  • They were heavy-eyed, leering cubs, their hats were tipped back, and frowzled fore-tops stuck out over their pimply faces -- types of youths whom modest girls avoid hurriedly by detours.

    The Landloper

  • He saw a vehement young man, powdersmeared and frowzled, whom he knew to be him.

    The Red Badge of Courage

  • He saw a vehement young man, powder-smeared and frowzled, whom he knew to be him.

    The Red Badge of Courage

  • Vesty had been soothing her face in the baby's frowzled hair.

    Vesty of the Basins

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.