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[muhs-kee] /ˈmʌs ki/
adjective, muskier, muskiest.
of or like musk, as an odor:
a musky perfume.
Origin of musky1
First recorded in 1600-10; musk + -y1
Related forms
muskiness, noun


[muhs-kee] /ˈmʌs ki/
noun, plural muskies.
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  • Night had fallen now, and a darkness, musky with autumn weeds, hemmed in the sphere of yellow light on the old piazza.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • I must hunger, though, before I could bring myself to touch the musky morsel.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • They went on between the oaks, and smelled the musky sweet smell of the wild grapevines along the water borders.

    The Basket Woman Mary Austin
  • It was infested with alligators, which filled the air with a musky odour.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • A musky odor hung low over the hall, sweet, pungent, yet somehow unpleasant.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • “But it is of no use, and its musky odour will be very offensive,” said Mr Rogers.

    Off to the Wilds George Manville Fenn
  • The flesh has a musky odor, and it is for this reason, perhaps, that they exist in such numbers throughout the country.

  • This will prevent the flesh from having a strong or musky taste when it is cooked.

British Dictionary definitions for musky


adjective muskier, muskiest
resembling the smell of musk; having a heady or pungent sweet aroma
Derived Forms
muskiness, noun


noun (pl) muskies
an informal name for the muskellunge
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Word Origin and History for musky

c.1600, from musk + -y (2). Related: Muskiness.


late 19c., short for muskrat or muskellunge. Also muskie.


late 19c., short for muskrat or muskellunge. Also muskie.

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