Definition of Musty

1. Adjective. Covered with or smelling of mold. "A moldy (or musty) odor"

Exact synonyms: Moldy, Mouldy
Similar to: Stale
Derivative terms: Mold, Moldiness, Mould, Must, Mustiness



2. Adjective. Stale and unclean smelling.
Exact synonyms: Frowsty, Fusty
Similar to: Ill-smelling, Malodorous, Malodourous, Stinky, Unpleasant-smelling
Derivative terms: Must, Mustiness

Definition of Musty

1. a. Having the rank, pungent, offensive odor and taste which substances of organic origin acquire during warm, moist weather; foul or sour and fetid; moldy; as, musty corn; musty books.

Definition of Musty

1. Adjective. Having a stale odor. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Musty

1. having a stale odor [adj MUSTIER, MUSTIEST] : MUSTILY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Musty

mustest
musths
mustier
mustiest
mustily
mustine
mustine hydrochloride
mustiness
mustinesses
musting
mustn't
mustn't've
mustre
musts
musty (current term)
musubi
musæa
musæum
musæums
mut
muta
mutabilities
mutability
mutable
mutableness
mutably
mutacism
mutafacient
mutage

Literary usage of Musty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Foreign Medical Science and Literature edited by Samuel Emlen (1817)
"JM Process for Sweetening musty Corn. Mr. Hatchett communicated to the Royal Society at their sitting, December 5, 1816, a process for sweetening musty corn ..."

2. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke (1817)
"musty WHEAT following letter at this J lime deserves particular attention ; the scientific author, Mr. Hatchett, is well known to be one of the most eminent ..."

3. The Sanitarian by Medico-Legal Society of New York (1886)
"The following preparations were made : (a) musty bread, one day old, ... </) musty bread, nine days old, from which the above bread was made, ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1887)
"J(1) a bad or musty flavour; said principally of a cask or barrel. " It-sa tack on it, ... musty ..."

5. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"»MOULDY, musty, fusty. (.Scand.1 In Shak. i Hen. IV. ¡¡.4. 134. iii. 2. 119. This is an extremely difficult word. It has probably been confused with mould ..."

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