Definition of musty
mustilyplay \ˈməs-tə-lē\ adverb
mustinessplay \-tē-nəs\ noun
Examples of musty in a Sentence
a dark and musty basement
the musty prose of writers who use the same expressions over and over
Recent Examples of musty from the Web
A strawberry softens, turns musty, overnight each apple grows a bruise.
Officials figured out this month that algae in the reservoir was causing the musty smell and earthy taste, and said an organic compound called geosmin was to blame.
Two weeks after the deadly MAX stabbing attack, the musty smell of rotting flowers hangs in the air around the Hollywood transit station.
An event that used to host an army of musty kayakers sleeping in the back of their boat-laden trucks atop Vail’s parking structure now fills the Four Seasons and The Sonnenalp.
That helps transform what easily could have been a musty bit of period melodrama into a taut and engaging piece of cat-and-mouse storytelling.
Gut-wrenching decisions have been made this week in the dirty, musty-smelling halls of a storage facility several blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
The second was the smell: somewhat musty, sometimes sweet, and unmistakably herbal.
The earthiness does not venture into the intense musty or leather funk that some have, though.
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Origin and Etymology of musty
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of musty
MUSTY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of musty for English Language Learners
: having a bad smell because of wetness, old age, or lack of fresh air
MUSTY Defined for Kids
Definition of musty for Students
: smelling of dampness, decay, or lack of fresh air a musty basement
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