Frowsy things and people smell stale or musty or look messy, dirty, sloppy, or unwashed.
(rhymes with "drowsy")
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a frowsy thing" or "a frowsy person."
2. After a linking verb, as in "It was frowsy." or "He's frowsy.")
You can spell it "frowzy," with a "z," if you prefer. (It's more common to spell it "frowsy," with an "s.")
You can talk about things that are "frowsier" (or "frowzier") and the "frowziest."
The adverb is "frowsily" and the noun is "frowsiness" (or "frowziness").
How to use it: Frowsy things and people haven't been properly cleaned or groomed in a long while; they are not pleasant to smell or to look at. So when you call something frowsy, you're being mildly insulting or just descriptively honest.
We most often talk about frowsy hair and clothing, as well as frowsy people and appearances. Occasionally we talk about frowsy objects and places, like frowsy papers, furniture, rooms, and buildings.
To get figurative, we talk about frowsy writing and speech, or maybe even frowsy thinking.
Although the cough is clearing up, I'm too tired to put my hair in anything but this frowsy braid.
In the den was a single sofa, frowsy and lopsided, graying but still blue in some patches, and I edged awkwardly away from its most noticeable stain.