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musty

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adjective \ˈməs-tē\

Simple Definition of musty

  • : having a bad smell because of wetness, old age, or lack of fresh air

Full Definition of musty

must·i·ermust·i·est

  1. 1 a :  impaired by damp or mildew :  moldy b :  tasting of mold c :  smelling of damp and decay :  fusty

  2. 2 a :  trite, stale <musty prose> b (1) :  antiquated <musty customs> (2) :  superannuated

must·i·ly play \ˈməs-tə-lē\ adverb
must·i·ness play \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of musty

  1. a dark and musty basement

  2. <the musty prose of writers who use the same expressions over and over>



Origin of musty

4must


First Known Use: 1530

Synonym Discussion of musty

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive <malodorous fertilizers>. stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting <prisoners were held in stinking cells> <the fetid odor of skunk cabbage>. noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive <a stagnant, noisome sewer>. putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter <the putrid smell of rotting fish>. rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell <rank cigar smoke>. fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age <a fusty attic> <the musty odor of a damp cellar>.

Rhymes with musty



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