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Origin of musky

First recorded in 1600–10; musk + -y1
Related formsmusk·i·ness, noun


noun, plural mus·kies.
  1. muskellunge.

Origin of musky

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Related Words for musky

piquant, fragrant, acrid, bitter, pungent, odoriferous, noisome

Examples from the Web for musky

Contemporary Examples of musky

Historical Examples of musky

  • I must hunger, though, before I could bring myself to touch the musky morsel.

  • It was infested with alligators, which filled the air with a musky odour.

    Notable Voyagers

    W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith

  • “But it is of no use, and its musky odour will be very offensive,” said Mr Rogers.

    Off to the Wilds

    George Manville Fenn

  • This will prevent the flesh from having a strong or musky taste when it is cooked.

  • The musky daughter of the Nile, with plaited hair and almond eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for musky


adjective muskier or muskiest
  1. resembling the smell of musk; having a heady or pungent sweet aroma
Derived Formsmuskiness, noun


noun plural muskies
  1. an informal name for the muskellunge
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Word Origin and History for musky

c.1600, from musk + -y (2). Related: Muskiness.


late 19c., short for muskrat or muskellunge. Also muskie.

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