musty

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adjective \ˈməs-tē\

Definition of musty

mustier

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mustiest

  1. 1a :  impaired by damp or mildew :  moldy <old musty books> <musty hay>b :  tasting of mold <musty wine>c :  smelling of damp and decay :  fusty <The cellar was musty.>

  2. 2a :  trite, stale <musty prose>b (1) :  antiquated <musty customs> (2) :  superannuated <musty slang>

mustily

play \ˈməs-tə-lē\ adverb

mustiness

play \-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of musty in a sentence

  1. a dark and musty basement

  2. <the musty prose of writers who use the same expressions over and over>

Origin and Etymology of musty

4must


First Known Use: 1530

Synonym Discussion of musty

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive <malodorous fertilizers>. stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting <prisoners were held in stinking cells> <the fetid odor of skunk cabbage>. noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive <a stagnant, noisome sewer>. putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter <the putrid smell of rotting fish>. rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell <rank cigar smoke>. fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age <a fusty attic> <the musty odor of a damp cellar>.

MUSTY Defined for English Language Learners

musty

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adjective \ˈməs-tē\

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

musty

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adjective \ˈmə-stē\

Definition of musty for Students

mustier

mustiest

  1. :  smelling of dampness, decay, or lack of fresh air <a musty basement>



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