- British : impaired by age or dampness: moldy
- saturated with dust and stale odors: musty
- rigidly old-fashioned or reactionary
(Ref: Merriam-Webster online, Word of the Day, 20 March 2020)
Use it in a sentence
She knew the rehab staff referred to her as that fusty little old lady, set in her ways. But Hilary couldn’t help it – all she wanted was her own settee and a nice cup of tea. She just knew that a lovely hot drink and perhaps a nice scone with jam would do the trick, not all this nonsense with sleeping pills and physiotherapy. If it wasn’t for her broken collar bone, she’d already be at home watching The Price is Right before an early dinner of boiled eggs with toast. Back in her day, someone would’ve thrown her arm in a sling and told her she’ll be right in a few weeks. But now someone was always poking and prodding her, forcing her to lift her arm this way and that, and squeeze a stupid ball, shouting in her face as though she was deaf. Nothing wrong with Hilary’s hearing. She sighed and rubbed her neck. What she wouldn’t do for bit of peace and quiet.