mold·​er | \ ˈmōl-dər How to pronounce molder (audio) \
moldered; moldering\ ˈmōl-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce molder (audio) \; molders

Definition of molder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to crumble into particles : disintegrate, decay


mold·​er | \ ˈmōl-dər How to pronounce molder (audio) \
plural molders

Definition of molder (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that molds something or someone a molder of minds an iron molder … the house and home as both a reflection and a molder of the people who live there.— Laurie Graham especially : one that exerts a determining influence on an attitude or course of development … seems to have slipped almost effortlessly into his newly acquired role as a molder of world events. — Molly Moore … key opinion molders in Congress and the U.S. media … — Michel Oksenberg

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Examples of molder in a Sentence

Verb leaves moldering in the compost pile
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is more important in warm weather when wet seeds can molder. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "Feeding birds is good for you, and them (if you clean your feeders)," 2 Feb. 2021 The antic Schwitters, by contrast, barks like a dog, sleeps in a basket and, for lack of better material, makes sculptures out of porridge that then molder and turn green. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Novelist Ali Smith Finds Art for All Seasons," 25 Sep. 2020 Reeling from decades of decline, the area was a patchwork of potholed streets, weeded lots, moldering homes and drive-thru liquor marts. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 Quarantine — forced isolation — has left people moldering. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "COVID Cash for the Arts: Where to Start," 2 May 2020 But the scale of the land deal at Dara Sakor — which secures 20 percent of Cambodia’s coastline for 99 years — has raised eyebrows, especially since the portion of the project built so far is already moldering in malarial jungle. New York Times, "A Jungle Airstrip Stirs Suspicions About China’s Plans for Cambodia," 22 Dec. 2019 Weariness was in the air, along with the smell of sweat, urine and moldering trash. Los Angeles Times, "Broadway Place’s homeless residents were promised homes. Had the city forgotten them?," 15 Aug. 2019 But the Alvarado was torn down in 1970, and other Harvey Houses, like the Castañeda, were moved, repurposed or left to molder. Susan Spano, Los Angeles Times, "The Castañeda reopens in Las Vegas, N.M., thanks to an entrepreneur with a soft spot for historic hotels," 31 Aug. 2019 Millions of documents were burned; millions more were left soaking wet, and soon began to molder in the muggy Missouri heat. New York Times, "Their Fathers Never Spoke of the War. Their Children Want to Know Why.," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of molder


1531, in the meaning defined above


1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for molder


frequentative of mold entry 4

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“Molder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of molder

: to rot slowly especially from not being used : to decay slowly

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