Definitions

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  • adj. musty, rancid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Musty; rancid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In carpentry, brittle and soft, as timber.
  • Musty; rancid; rank; as, frowy butter.

Etymologies

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Compare frowzy, frouzy.

Examples

  • Silly old SSP went all frowy and started 'hmmm'ing when I told him I'd bought this gismo because he reckons they're hard to set up and complicated and unreliable.

    The One After The Counselling Session

  • Whether she stopped there, or drove into Ethiopian wastes beyond, I cannot say; but I have no doubt that the milk which she carried into Newburyport to market was blue, the butter frowy, and the potatoes exceedingly small.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • And the frowy barrier of thick, coarsely-clad, bulky bodies and scowling, yellow-tan faces, began to melt away.

    The Dop Doctor

  • Ma, and then he smelled Ma's cheese, and He turned his head the other way and said, 'whew,' and they didn't sing any more, but they looked at each other as though they smelled frowy.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883

  • Ma came in with a shawl over her head, and a bowl full of something that smelled frowy, and after she had told us what the result of her visit was, she sent me after vaseline to rub Pa's legs.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883

  • "May be it is me that smells frowy," said the boy as he put his thumbs in the armholes of his vest, and spit at the keyhole in the door.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883

  • Pa said 'Helen damnation, I am stabbed;' and Ma yelled 'goodness sakes alive;' and then there was a lot of dishpans on the stairs begun to fall, and they all tried to get up cellar at once, and they fell over each other; and O, my, what a frowy smell came up to the kitchen from the cellar.

    The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883

  • Pa stopped singing and turned around kind of cross towards Ma, and then he smelled Ma's cheese and he turned his head the other way and said, 'whew,' and they didn't sing any more, but they looked at each other as though they smelled frowy.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun

  • Newburyport to market was blue, the butter frowy, and the potatoes exceedingly small.

    Gala-days

  • It seems as though everything had turned frowy, "said the grocery man to his clerk, in the presence of the bad boy, who was standing with his back to the stove, his coat tails parted with his hands, and a cigarette in his mouth.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa 1883

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