frowsy vs frowzy what difference

what is difference between frowsy and frowzy

English

Alternative forms

  • frowzy

Etymology

Unknown, but perhaps related to the dialectal adjective frowsty. Attested since the 1680s.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹaʊzi/

Adjective

frowsy (comparative frowsier, superlative frowsiest)

  1. Having a dingy, neglected, and scruffy appearance.
    • 1916, James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Chapter 3, [2]
      Frowsy girls sat along the curbstones before their baskets.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Part One, Chapter 1, [3]
      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.
    See also citations under frowzy.

Translations

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English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹaʊzi/
  • Homophone: frouzy

Adjective

frowzy (comparative frowzier, superlative frowziest)

  1. Alternative form of frowsy
    • 1983, Peter De Vries, Slouching Towards Kalamazoo, Boston: Little, Brown & Co., Chapter 3, p. 34,
      Half the pages of the frazzled directory hanging on a chain in the musty old booth into which I furtively sidled had turned their corners back on themselves. Such books are like frowzy old broads who have been handled by a thousand men.
    • 1994, J. M. Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg, London: Secker & Warburg, Chapter 8, p. 90,
      It is a relief to be rid of him. But a frowzy, fishy smell lingers in his room.

Related terms

  • frouzy

Further reading

  • frowzy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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