"My conscience is mildewed and my temper is blue molded," declared Grace.
I took these out, and discovered a little dress, musty and mildewed.
The first rain of the Masika season fell on this day; I shall be mildewed before I reach the coast.
If they mildewed they would be a dead loss to the merchants handling them.
The painting consists in a mildewed daub of a woman in the niche of one of the windows.
Many of the pictures in the gallery were warped and cracked, and mildewed by neglect and damp.
Draughts result in checks to the growth and in mildewed foliage.
And all you've got is that mildewed chaperon, snoring there.
He hands me his pouch; the tobacco is a little old and mildewed.
There was mildewed and rotten bread that no one could touch.
mid-13c., mildeu "honeydew, nectar," from Old English meledeaw "honeydew" (sticky stuff exuded by aphids), from Proto-Germanic compound of *melith "honey" (see Melissa) + *dawwaz "dew" (see dew). Cf. Old Saxon milidou, Dutch meeldauw, German Meltau "mildew."
First element in many cases assimilated to forms of meal (n.2) "ground grain." As a kind of fungus it is first recorded mid-14c., so called from its being sticky and originally growing in plants. As a verb from 1550s. Related: Mildewed.
Any of various fungi or oomycete organisms that form a white or grayish coating on surfaces, such as plant leaves, cloth, or leather, especially under damp, warm conditions. Powdery mildews are important plant diseases usually caused by ascomycete fungi, while downy mildews, including a serious disease of grapevines, are caused by oomycetes.