malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive.
malodorous fertilizersstinking 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 smokefusty 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
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 on the WebGummy and a little bland, with a sort of musty, mothball flavor profile that just wouldn’t quit.
Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 16 Dec. 2021 The empty pie cases can be seen through a small hole in the door; put your nose near it, and the empty eatery smells musty.
Los Angeles Times, 21 Dec. 2021 The air is musty, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is playing on an ancient TV by the door, and Olivia Rodrigo is flipping through racks of slip dresses and flared pants.
Lucy Feldman, Time, 9 Dec. 2021 Yet culture is also the predominant force, far more so than musty appeals to the days of Lafayette and Eiffel, that holds our contemporary alliances together.
Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Just then, Wacker seemed to sniff the musty vintage folding chairs still occupying the press conference area.
Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2021 The mesh also enables fabrics to breath, which prevents any musty smells from developing.
Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 This close connection accounts for the fact that smells such as musty books can take you back to long study sessions at the library or campfires can remind you of nights at summer sleepaway camp.
Casey Barber, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Though a bit musty at first, the nose rapidly expands into white chocolate, tangy fruit, and nutmeg.
Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021
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