Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being fusty

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fusty state or quality; moldiness; mustiness; an ill smell from moldiness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being fusty; an ill smell from moldiness, or moldiness itself.

Etymologies

fusty +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • First comes the hippy California dad – long hair, screechy kids, lots of sunny white light; then the awkward writer, all tweedy fustiness with a sepia tint; and finally the designer, dressed in requisite black geek glasses and cool blue tones.

    The Hard Sell: American Airlines

  • The play's targets – establishment fustiness, snobbery, racism and duplicity – aren't surprising, but the serpentine subtlety of the plotting is.

    The Children's Hour; Plenty; The Heretic – review

  • The Standard-BearersHere are some of the prophets and pathfinders who helped clear away the last of the old formality, fustiness and frou-frou.

    Design Literacy: A Primer

  • Suffice to say the next time Sarah was co-hosting with John she humorously chided her colleague for such fustiness, to which John mumbled a splendidly unconvincing apology.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • In fact, one of the refreshing things about this CD is the complete lack of classical or "early music" fustiness.

    Songs From The Labyrinth

  • Before you go the fusuma are slidden back, and what was your room becomes part of a great, open, matted space — an arrangement which effectually prevents fustiness.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • There's a fustiness about Mr. Beatty's uncharacteristically lackluster stage set, which he locates sort of in the 17th century.

    A Million Tartuffes Later, Is Moli��re Still Breathing?

  • The very word "desk" has taken on an almost Dickensian fustiness.

    WASN'T THE GRASS GREENER A Curmudgeon's Fond Memories

  • Shaking his head to clear the fustiness he noticed a fat arm around his waist.

    Dangerous Lady

  • He was in bed when Morgan left the hotel on his early round, and there was a look about him still of fustiness and the cobwebs of sleep.

    Trail's End

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