muskier; muskiest
: having an odor of or resembling musk
muskiness noun

Examples of musky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yes, that rubbery, musky odor is coming from him, too. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The brand's signature fragrance is a musky iris dream that smells good on pretty much everyone, which is part of why it's become so beloved (and infinitely giftable). Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 27 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Turn Heads with This Irresistible Perfume Discover the unique allure of this musky perfume, a scent that adapts to your skin’s pH to create a personal fragrance. Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Made with ingredients like mandarin rinds and cedar atlas, the duo has refreshing and musky scents of citrus and wood. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 Hotels that want to exude a sense of luxurious relaxation have been designing their own candles for decades, and no one who stepped into an Abercrombie & Fitch store in the 2000s will ever forget the olfactory sting of the brand’s musky cologne that fogged their retail stores. T.m. Brown, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 After an invisible sunscreen, one exfoliating acne treatment, a cluster of liquid eyeshadows, and a very musky perfume, Glossier finally launched mascara. Samantha Sasso,, 11 Oct. 2023 Their first offering, Air Vodka, debuted in 2019; hand sanitizer followed in 2020, and a gender-neutral eau de parfum—with bright, citrusy top notes; a botanical heart; and a musky tobacco base—became the first fragrance made with recycled carbon in 2021. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 That being said, for those who aren’t into Salt and Stone’s earthy and musky scent offerings, this might not be the deodorant for you. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of musky was in 1580

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“Musky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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muskier; muskiest
: having an odor of or resembling musk
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