frowsy vs frowzy what difference

what is difference between frowsy and frowzy


Alternative forms

  • frowzy


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


  • IPA(key): /ˈfɹaʊzi/


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.





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


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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