- to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.
- to cause to molder.
Origin of molder1
Examples from the Web for moldering
Hang on to it as you drop your guard, along with any moldering grudges.What the Stars Hold for Your Week
Starsky + Cox
July 8, 2011
In the vast Turkish cemeteries there were moldering bodies innumerable.In the Wilderness
I stepped at once into, surely, some moldering century long hidden in the dark womb of the forgotten past.The Spell of Egypt
No moldering horror met my gaze—no blanched or decaying bones; no grinning skull mocked me with its hollow eye-sockets.
The thought of that coffin moved me to a stern smile—that splintered, damp, and moldering wood must speak for itself by and by.
A score of people might have amused themselves wandering about among the moldering tombs, as the church-yard is free to all.Bats in the Wall
P. T. Raymond
- the US spelling of moulder 1
Word Origin and History for moldering
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.