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Musty definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MUS'TY, a. [from must.] Moldy; sour; foul and fetid; as a musty cask; musty corn or straw; musty books.
1. State; spoiled by age.
The proverb is somewhat musty.
2. Having an ill flavor; as musty wine.
3. Dull; heavy; spiritless.
That he may not grow musty and unfit for conversation.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: covered with or smelling of mold; "moldy bread"; "a moldy (or musty) odor" [syn: moldy, mouldy, musty]
2: stale and unclean smelling [syn: fusty, musty, frowsty]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (mustier; -est) Etymology: 4must Date: 1530 1. a. impaired by damp or mildew ; moldy b. tasting of mold c. smelling of damp and decay ; fusty 2. a. trite, stale <musty prose> b. (1) antiquated <musty customs> (2) superannuated Synonyms: see malodorous mustily adverb mustiness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (mustier, mustiest) 1 mouldy. 2 of a mouldy or stale smell or taste. 3 stale, antiquated (musty old books). Derivatives: mustily adv. mustiness n. Etymology: perh. alt. f. moisty (MOIST) by assoc. with MUST(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Musty Mus"ty, a. [Compar. Mustier; superl. Mustiest.] [From L. mustum must; or perh. fr. E. moist. Cf. Must, n., Moist.] 1. Having the rank, pungent, offencive odor and taste which substances of organic origin acquire during warm, moist weather; foul or sour and fetid; moldy; as, musty corn; musty books. --Harvey. 2. Spoiled by age; rank; stale. The proverb is somewhat musty. --Shak. 3. Dull; heavy; spiritless. ``That he may not grow musty and unfit for conversation.'' --Addison.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Something that is musty smells old and damp. ...that terrible musty smell. = fusty ADJ

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Mouldy, fusty, sour, fetid, rank, foul, spoiled, stale, frowzy. 2. Stale, old, hackneyed, trite, threadbare. 3. Vapid, ill-flavored, stale, insipid. 4. Dull, heavy, spiritless, rusty.

Moby Thesaurus

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