- 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 moulder
The flesh, clad with which he walked our earth, may moulder in the vaults beneath.New Italian sketches
John Addington Symonds
Phidias the Moulder had, as has before been said, undertaken to make the statue of Athena.The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch
I am the wax within the moulder's hands, and as thou dost fashion me so I shall be.Cleopatra
H. Rider Haggard
There, then, was the place where he too was to lie and moulder in the dust.Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"Come up along side of me, old fellow," Moulder said to Snengkeld.Orley Farm
- (often foll by away) to crumble or cause to crumble, as through decay
- a person who moulds or makes moulds
- printing one of the set of electrotypes used for making duplicates
- the US spelling of moulder 1
Word Origin and History for moulder
see molder. Related: Mouldered; mouldering.
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.