musty


musty

adjective \ˈməs-tē\

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

must·i·ermust·i·est

Full Definition of MUSTY

1
a :  impaired by damp or mildew :  moldy
b :  tasting of mold
c :  smelling of damp and decay :  fusty
2
a :  trite, stale <musty prose>
b (1) :  antiquated <musty customs>
(2) :  superannuated
must·i·ly \ˈməs-tə-lē\ adverb
must·i·ness \-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

Rhymes with MUSTY

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