C14: from fust wine cask, from Old French: cask, tree trunk, from Latin fūstis cudgel, club
fusty for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (fʌsti)
Word forms: fustier, fustiest
1. graded adjective & adjective
If you describe something or someone as fusty, you disapprove of them because they are old-fashioned in attitudes or ideas. [disapproval] ⇒ The fusty old establishment refused to recognise the demand for popular music.
2. graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
A fusty place or thing has a smell that is not fresh or pleasant. ⇒ ...fusty old carpets.
`What else do you give a fusty old bachelor who's got everything?Stewart, Michael GRACESit with her in the fusty bedroom while she smokes and reads or watches TV.Wood, Bari DOLL'S EYESWhen John had finished he raised his eyes to Alan's, dimly seen in that fusty , malodorous place.NULL DARE CALL IT TREASONAnd with that, he proudly held up the fusty journal and opened it to a page that he had marked.David Zindell THE LIGHTSTONE: BOOK ONE, PART TWO OF THE EA CYCLE