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verb (used without object)
  1. to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to molder.
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Also especially British, mould·er.

Origin of molder1

1525–35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related formsun·mold·ered; especially British, un·mould·ered, adjectiveun·mold·er·ing; especially British, un·mould·er·ing, adjective


  1. a person or thing that molds.
  2. a person who makes molds.
  3. Printing. one of a set of electrotyped plates used only for making duplicate electrotypes (contrasted with worker).
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Origin of molder2

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at mold1, -er1
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  • The journalist is both a news gatherer and a molder of thought.

    The Price of a Soul

    William Jennings Bryan

  • I have work in a foundry as a molder helper and has lots of experense at that.

  • "Oui," said Molder, in his clipped, self-conscious Oxford French.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

  • With a last strange look at Molder she retired into the glitter of the crowded larger room.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

  • Christine felt that Molder would have danced better two hours earlier; but still he danced beautifully.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for molder


verb, noun
  1. the US spelling of moulder 1
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Word Origin and History for molder


also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.

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also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.

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