[maw-thee, moth-ee]

adjective, moth·i·er, moth·i·est.

containing moths.

Origin of mothy

First recorded in 1590–1600; moth + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mothy

Historical Examples of mothy

  • "This mothy one is pretty enough for me," declared Margaret.

  • He threw off his clothes, and got into the mothy blankets beside her.

    A Rough Shaking

    George MacDonald

  • There were several articles of wearing apparel in this box, all of a mothy and mouldy character.

  • His complexion was floury, and looked as if, had you touched it, a mothy dust would have adhered to your finger.

    Back o' the Moon

    Oliver Onions

  • You dont suppose Baggs would hide kerosene, say, behind his mothy old yarn, would he?

    Fighting the Sea

    Edward A. Rand

British Dictionary definitions for mothy


adjective mothier or mothiest

ragged; moth-eaten
containing moths; full of moths
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