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Jul 2, 2013
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
mumpsimus
fustilarian
hobbledehoy
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fustilarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(fuhs-tuh-LAR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
noun: A fat and slovenly person.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English fusty (smelly, moldy). Earliest documented use: 1600.

NOTES:
The first recorded use of the word is from Shakespeare's Henry IV in which Falstaff exclaims, "Away, you scullion! You rampallion! You fustilarian! I'll tickle your catastrophe."

USAGE:
"I've no fancy to be guzzled up by a wolf or spitted on the tusks of one of the fustilarian wild boars."
Joan Aiken; Whispering Mountain; Starscape; 2002.

See more usage examples of fustilarian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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