[ mohl-der ]
See synonyms for: moldermoldered on

verb (used without object)
  1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to molder.

Origin of molder

1525–35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
  • Also especially British, mould·er .

Other words from molder

  • un·mold·ered; especially British, un·mould·ered, adjective
  • un·mold·er·ing; especially British, un·mould·er·ing, adjective

Words Nearby molder

Other definitions for molder (2 of 2)

[ mohl-der ]

  1. a person or thing that molds.

  2. a person who makes molds.

  1. Printing. one of a set of electrotyped plates used only for making duplicate electrotypes (contrasted with worker).

Origin of molder

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mold1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use molder in a sentence

  • No molder of the world's destinies springs fully equipped from the welter of promiscuous events.

    Public Speaking | Clarence Stratton
  • One writer who has observed them in their native haunts describes the rock nuthatch as "an expert clay mixer and molder."

    Our Bird Comrades | Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • My shword, red as a radish shkin, Ne'er finds the time to molder; Shee how it shleeps its sheath within!

    The Little Clay Cart | (Attributed To) King Shudraka

British Dictionary definitions for molder


/ (ˈməʊldə) /

verb, noun
  1. the US spelling of moulder 1

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