[[t]ˈfʌs ti[/t]] adj. -ti•er, -ti•est
1) having a stale smell
2) old-fashioned; out-of-date
3) stubbornly conservative; fogyish
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME, =fust < OF: wine cask, tree trunk (< L fūstis stick, pole) +-y fus′ti•ly, adv. fus′ti•ness, n.

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