- to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away: a house that had been left to molder.
- to cause to molder.
Origin of molder1
Examples from the Web for mouldering
Contemporary Examples of mouldering
Someone might pull your mouldering hardback from the bottom of the stack and point a neon sign at it.Famous for Not Being Famous: Enough About ‘Stoner’
October 31, 2013
What sort of mouldering growth in a person's brain would make him press send on something like that?Bryan Fischer, All Class
December 14, 2012
Historical Examples of mouldering
Grannie's bed, with its white curtains, looked as if it were mouldering away after her.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But by that time he probably would be mouldering in the rocky dust of the asteroid.Acid Bath
It does not wear its antiquity as an excuse for sinking into mouldering uselessness.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
Our own cathedrals are mouldering by unregarded dilapidation.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
At length they reached the blackened ruins and the mouldering dead of Tangibao.
- the US spelling of moulder 1
also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.
also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.