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[maw-thee, moth-ee] /ˈmɔ θi, ˈmɒθ i/
adjective, mothier, mothiest.
containing moths.
Origin of mothy
First recorded in 1590-1600; moth + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "This mothy one is pretty enough for me," declared Margaret.

  • 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.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • 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


adjective mothier, mothiest
ragged; moth-eaten
containing moths; full of moths
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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