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  • adj. Having a dingy, neglected, and scruffy appearance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See frowzy.

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

  • adj. negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt


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  • Max Bedacht was not the kind of frowsy, self-assertive Communist most Congressmen were accustomed to encountering.

    On being called a bigot and/or racist

  • And the way the woman referred to Ermina implied there was no love lost between this frowsy neighbor in her faded tracksuit and Ermina Blaylock.

    Fatal Error

  • After this outburst the man slept gently on, while the little girl still held the parasol aloft and looked down with a great wonder at the frowsy, unkempt creature, trying to reconcile it with the little part of life that she knew.


  • All these were blotted out by a grotesque and terrible nightmare brood — frowsy, shuffling creatures from the pavements of Whitechapel, gin-bloated hags of the stews, and all the vast hell's following of harpies, vile-mouthed and filthy, that under the guise of monstrous female form prey upon sailors, the scrapings of the ports, the scum and slime of the human pit.

    Chapter 1

  • One was a frowsy fat fellow with the features of a slug—a slug that wore a derby and a cheap suit two sizes too small.

    What Would Philip Marlowe Do

  • Although the Blairs never came close, not that they had the opportunity, to committing the upholstery crimes of a Saddam Hussein, their frowsy London interiors, furiously draped, chandeliered, patterned and cluttered, seemed to hint at something stranger than decorative idiosyncrasy.

    What's in worse taste – Cameron's photographer or Blair's house?

  • Consider a few of the most viral stories in the US media the past several weeks: Britain's Got Talent frowsy-haired singing phenom Susan Boyle, the toned arms and zeitgeist fashion sense of Michelle Obama, and Bo, the bouncy First Puppy.

    Susan Moeller: Media Literacy 101: Of Susan Boyle, Michelle's Arms and Bo the Dog

  • Mr.R. is not alarmed, but delighted, when she slips into his quarters on a frowsy Friday morning, eyes bright, ribbons of yarn in her wavy hair, plaid micro mini, no bra, nipples pushing the taut polyester.

    The The Three Sisters

  • He had seen it lying in the window of a frowsy little junk-shop in a slummy quarter of the town (just what quarter he did not now remember) and had been stricken immediately by an overwhelming desire to possess it.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • "Every morning, she woke up at 5 a.m. and changed from the frowsy muu-muus she wore around the apartment into a tailored suit and high-heeled pumps," Obama wrote.

    Obama's Grandmother Dies At Age 86


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  • Then again, the endlessly surprising wikipedia proposes this: "A buttbag (a.k.a musette or haversack) is a bag used in the armies in WWI and WWII and is still used today. The name "buttbag" is a fancy word for the bag these days because it now has a shoulder strap instead and often when walking it is over the buttocks. That kind is now used in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets for camps."

    November 16, 2008

  • Well, I'm not sure how you'd end up finding one in a chief of staff's office, but in my world a musette can be a kind of bagpipe and thus a musette bag would be the air sack that forms the all-essential bellows.

    November 16, 2008

  • What's a musette bag?

    November 16, 2008

  • "The chief of staff's normally impeccable office had become a frowsy litter of coffee cups, cigarette butts, carbines and musette bags."

    - Frank Gibney, 'Help Seemed Far Away', Time, 9 July 1946.

    November 15, 2008

  • The frowsy shadows of a stubble beard lay on his jaw and throat.

    - Harold Frederic, The Damnation of Theron Ware, ch. 31

    August 8, 2008