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adjective, mold·i·er, mold·i·est.
  1. overgrown or covered with mold.
  2. musty, as from decay or age.
  3. Informal. old-fashioned; outmoded: moldy ideas about higher education.
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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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adjective moldier or moldiest
  1. the US spelling of mouldy
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Derived Formsmoldiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for moldy


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

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