Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
FOOST, v.1, n.1 Also foosht, fous(h)t, fu(i)st. [Sc. fu:st, ne.Sc., Ags. + fu:ʃt, s.Sc. + føst]
I. v. 1. To become or smell mouldy, to mildew (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Abd., Peb., Ayr., Dmf. 1952). Freq. in ppl.adj. foos(h)tit, musty, mouldy, mildewed. Gen.Sc. Also fig.
Abd. 1801 W. Beattie Parings (1813) 13:
That's nae yer fuisted kind of stuff, It's gueed Kilgour. Rnf. 1815 W. Finlayson Rhymes 57:
Wi' this kneeve I'll Gar your dull, foostit brains Jaup on Heaven's causie stanes! Ags. 1833 J. S. Sands Poet. Effusions 72:
'Mid rotten cheese and bacon foostit Syn Christenmas was past a year. Lnk. 1856 Deil's Hallowe'en 11:
Auld Satan swore, with foostin breath, He'd haud the nicht as sure as death. Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 51:
The hoose is damp an' the brehd's ill for fooshtan. Gall. 1877 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 120:
It was said to have a kind of fuisted smell about it. Hdg. 1902 J. Lumsden Toorle 10:
Gae awa hame, ye glaiket, fuisted, gray-green, auld stock! Abd. 1928 Abd. Weekly Jnl. (27 Dec.) 6:
Gin that time they're fooshtit an' ull tastit, an' the toon fowk wunna hae wir eggs.
†2. By extension: to hoard up (money). With up.
Abd. 1900 E.D.D.:
He has fooshtit up a hantle of siller for himself.
3. To break wind in a suppressed manner (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 51; Bnff.2, Abd.27 1946).
II. n. 1. A mouldy condition or smell, mildew, fustiness (Sc. 1825 Jam.; ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., Ayr., Dmf. 1952). Adj. foos(h)tie, -y, fous(h)tie, fu(i)stie, -y, musty, mouldy (Sc. 1825 Jam., fustie). Gen.Sc.
Gsw. 1860 J. Young Poorhouse Lays 78:
Tho' lang he's lain mould'rin' in death's foustie biel. Edb. 1895 J. Tweeddale Moff 122:
But it's gettin' foosty noo. Kcb. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 202:
It's damp tae begin wi, an it verra sune gets foosty, an haes a mouldy smell aboot it. Bnff. 1939 J. M. Caie Hills and Sea 19:
An' files wi' a fooshty cloot she gied Her face an anterin dicht.
2. Anything in a mouldering, decaying state, rubbish, “junk” (m.Lth.1 1952).
Abd. 1900 E.D.D., s.v. fust:
What a lot o' stech an' foosht there is in that house.
3. A suppressed breaking of wind (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 51; Bnff.2, Abd.27 1946). Transf.: a dirty fellow, a person of disagreeable habits (Id.).
4. An odd or eccentric person (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., fuist).[Sc. variants of obs. or dial. Eng. fust, foist, mustiness, to grow mouldy, Eng. fusty, foisty, mouldy, E.M.E. foist, fust, a wine cask, O.Fr. fust, id. O.Sc. has foistit, musty, 1566. In meanings 3. of v. and n. the word may be an assimilation of a different foist, id., now obs. in Eng. See Feist.]
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