One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A warm, stuffy atmosphere in a room.
- ‘The sleepy old man of Winter made frowst and fuddle, curled up in shaggy fleecy December pelts: a vast apathy held me safe and warm.’
Lounge about in a warm, stuffy atmosphere.‘don't frowst by the fire all day’
- ‘In ‘pushing the envelope’ the game is to see how many more minutes of frowsting can be done without the boss coming down on you for being late.’
- ‘Five things were important in trench warfare, Orwell acknowledged as he frowsted in his dug-out high on the hills of the Aragon Front in early 1937: firewood, food, tobacco, candles and - a very bad fifth - the enemy.’
- ‘Whilst frowsting in this refuge, I used to read the files on those boys, senior to me, who had been sent for to fill in their career forms.’
- ‘There should be a healthy balance between exercise (mental and physical) and recreational frowsting.’
- ‘I can't even imagine how I ended up there when I should have been frowsting in a cafe on the Kurfurstendam, having a coffee and a bratwurst and keeping myself warm.’
Late 19th century: back-formation from frowsty.
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