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mothy

[maw-thee, moth-ee]
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adjective, moth·i·er, moth·i·est.
  1. containing moths.
  2. moth-eaten.

Origin of mothy

First recorded in 1590–1600; moth + -y1
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Examples from the Web for mothy

Historical Examples

  • "This mothy one is pretty enough for me," declared Margaret.

    Ethel Morton and the Christmas Ship

    Mabell S. C. Smith

  • He threw off his clothes, and got into the mothy blankets beside her.

    A Rough Shaking

    George MacDonald

  • There were several articles of wearing apparel in this box, all of a mothy and mouldy character.

  • His complexion was floury, and looked as if, had you touched it, a mothy dust would have adhered to your finger.

    Back o' the Moon

    Oliver Onions

  • You dont suppose Baggs would hide kerosene, say, behind his mothy old yarn, would he?

    Fighting the Sea

    Edward A. Rand


British Dictionary definitions for mothy

mothy

adjective mothier or mothiest
  1. ragged; moth-eaten
  2. containing moths; full of moths
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