verb (used with or without object)
Origin of mildew
Examples from the Web for mildewed
The upper part, where it had been doubled and folded, was all mildewed and rotten, and tore on being opened.'The Works of Edgar Allan Poe|Edgar Allan Poe
Our flour—our precious flour—had got mildewed, and had to be thrown away.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
The key is kept by a ghoulish old dame, almost as time-worn and mildewed as the tomb over which she watches.Tales of Old Japan|Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
He was in his flowered dressing-gown, and was standing on tiptoe, reaching up for one of the mildewed flower-pots.John Ward, Preacher|Margaret Deland
In 1864, the Government found that quantities of grain paid in under the tax as new-grown were mildewed.The Day of the Confederacy|Nathaniel W. Stephenson
British Dictionary definitions for mildewed
Word Origin for mildew
Word Origin and History for mildewed
mid-13c., mildeu "honeydew, nectar," from Old English meledeaw "honeydew" (sticky stuff exuded by aphids), from Proto-Germanic compound of *melith "honey" (see Melissa) + *dawwaz "dew" (see dew). Cf. Old Saxon milidou, Dutch meeldauw, German Meltau "mildew."
First element in many cases assimilated to forms of meal (n.2) "ground grain." As a kind of fungus it is first recorded mid-14c., so called from its being sticky and originally growing in plants. As a verb from 1550s. Related: Mildewed.