- having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food.
- obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws.
- dull; apathetic.
Origin of musty1
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Examples from the Web for mustiness
Historical Examples of mustiness
Sections of the flooring and woodwork also reeked with mustiness.
The remedies for this malady are the same as those for mustiness.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
The mustiness of dark rooms and corners, indeed, is proverbial.Notes on Nursing
On the other hand, it was damper than the outdoors and the mustiness was far from fragrant.Left Tackle Thayer
Ralph Henry Barbour
As it is, the mustiness and mouldiness of the tenants of the House of the Seven Gables crumble away rather too easily.Hawthorne
Henry James, Junr.
- smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy
- old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyedmusty ideas
Word Origin for musty
1520s, perhaps a variant of moisty "moist, damp" (see moist). Related: Mustiness.