- having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food.
- obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws.
- dull; apathetic.
Origin of musty1
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- (formerly) a kind of snuff having a musty flavor.
Origin of musty2
Examples from the Web for musty
While many await discovery in musty warehouses, there is at least one piece whose absence is more difficult to explain.The Biggest Art Heist of WWII is Still Unsolved
October 15, 2014
Quickly climbing the musty stairs to the executive offices, I sought out an old acquaintance.The Great Paul Hemphill Celebrates the Long Gone Birmingham Barons
March 29, 2014
In the meantime, she is off to Egypt on assignment and he continues his research in the musty clime of an Oxford library.Justin Cartwright’s Novel ‘Lion Heart’ May Win Him the Audience He Deserves
March 25, 2014
But the creatures did, it appears, spend their last days on a planet as hot and musty as a gym locker room.Dinosaurs Had a Lot of Flatulence, But Did Not Gas Themselves to Extinction
May 9, 2012
His apartment does have the musty aroma of a used-books store.Secrets of a Literary Seducer
May 23, 2009
Your bank-notes had a musty odour, as if they were fast decomposing into rags again.A Tale of Two Cities
"You perceive I have the musty look of a solitary," said Davenport.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
He was breathing in great gasps, and the air he breathed was thick and musty.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
At your age the learning and comparing of musty laws 19 would have been dull work for me.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
Dear me, George, have you brought that musty old paper up here?Is He Popenjoy?
- smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy
- old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyedmusty ideas
Word Origin and History for musty
1520s, perhaps a variant of moisty "moist, damp" (see moist). Related: Mustiness.