moldy

[ mohl-dee ]
/ ˈmoʊl di /

adjective, mold·i·er, mold·i·est.

overgrown or covered with mold.
musty, as from decay or age.
Informal. old-fashioned; outmoded: moldy ideas about higher education.

Nearby words

  1. molding board,
  2. molding plane,
  3. moldova,
  4. moldovan,
  5. moldwarp,
  6. moldy fig,
  7. mole,
  8. mole crab,
  9. mole cricket,
  10. mole drain

Origin of moldy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mold2, -y1

Related formsmold·i·ness, nounun·mold·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for moldy

moldy

/ (ˈməʊldɪ) /

adjective moldier or moldiest

the US spelling of mouldy
Derived Formsmoldiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for moldy

moldy

adj.

also mouldy, 1570s, earlier mowly (late 14c.), from mold (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Moldiness.

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