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[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away:
a house that had been left to molder.
verb (used with object)
to cause to molder.
Also, especially British, moulder.
Origin of molder1
1525-35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related forms
unmoldered; especially British, unmouldered, adjective
unmoldering; especially British, unmouldering, adjective


[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
a person or thing that molds.
a person who makes molds.
Printing. one of a set of electrotyped plates used only for making duplicate electrotypes (contrasted with worker).
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at mold1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • The journalist is both a news gatherer and a molder of thought.

    The Price of a Soul William Jennings Bryan
  • I have work in a foundry as a molder helper and has lots of experense at that.

  • "Oui," said molder, in his clipped, self-conscious Oxford French.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • With a last strange look at molder she retired into the glitter of the crowded larger room.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • Christine felt that molder would have danced better two hours earlier; but still he danced beautifully.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
  • The molder, instead of putting the mold on a pendulum conveyor, places it upon a track, where it is moved by means of a chain.

  • As an accoucheur of brains, a molder of intellects, I had no claim even to bread and cheese.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • King Arthur's body might be hid in a cave, or molder in the ground, but his soul was to live and cheer his people.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • During that time they must be turned once or twice every day, lest they should putrefy or molder.

British Dictionary definitions for molder


verb, noun
the US spelling of moulder1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for molder

also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.


also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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