[ 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

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

  • There is a short cut up from the valley from the mouldering Chateau de Vasselot, which is practicable for a trained horse.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
  • In a fold of the mountains lurk the ancient Lambessa and the mouldering ruins of a Roman camp.

    The Desert World | Arthur Mangin

British Dictionary definitions for molder


/ (ˈməʊldə) /

verb, noun
  1. the US spelling of moulder 1

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