moldier; moldiest
: of, resembling, or covered with mold
: being old and moldering : crumbling
: antiquated, fusty
moldy tradition
moldiness noun

Examples of moldy in a Sentence

Her books became moldy after being left in a damp basement. The wine had a slightly moldy aroma.
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moldy was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Moldy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


moldier; moldiest
: resembling, containing, or covered with mold
moldiness noun

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British mouldy
moldier or chiefly British mouldier; mouldiest
: covered with a mold-producing fungus
moldy bread

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