Musty

  • 1 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, offensive odor and taste which substances of organic origin acquire during warm, moist… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 musty — [adj1] stuffy, aged airless, ancient, antediluvian, antique, crumbling, dank, decayed, decrepit, dirty, dried out*, dry, fetid, filthy, frowzy*, malodorous, mildewed, mildewy, moldy, moth eaten*, noisome, old, putrid, rotten, smelly, spoiled,… …

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  • 3 musty — [mus′tē] adj. mustier, mustiest [< ? earlier moisty < MOIST] 1. having a stale, moldy smell or taste, as an unused room, food kept in a damp place, etc. 2. stale or trite; worn out; antiquated [musty ideas] 3. dull; apathetic mustily adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 musty — index stale Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 musty — (adj.) 1520s, perhaps a variant of moisty moist, damp (see MOIST (Cf. moist)). Related: Mustiness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 musty — fusty, *malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, rancid Analogous words: *dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid: sloppy, *slipshod, unkempt, slovenly …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 musty — ► ADJECTIVE (mustier, mustiest) 1) having a stale or mouldy smell or taste. 2) unoriginal or outdated. DERIVATIVES mustiness noun. ORIGIN perhaps an alteration of moisty moist …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 musty — [[t]mʌ̱sti[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is musty smells old and damp. There are racks of musty clothing and piles of junk. ...that terrible musty smell. Syn: fusty …

    English dictionary

  • 9 musty — adjective a musty room, house, or object has a damp and unpleasant smell, because it is old and has not had any fresh air for a long time: musty old books | the stale musty smell of the attic mustiness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 musty — UK [ˈmʌstɪ] / US adjective Word forms musty : adjective musty comparative mustier superlative mustiest smelling unpleasant and not fresh The room had a musty smell. Derived word: mustiness noun uncountable …

    English dictionary

  • 11 musty — 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 …

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  • 12 musty — musty1 mustily, adv. mustiness, n. /mus tee/, adj., mustier, mustiest. 1. having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long closed rooms, or stale food. 2. obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws. 3. dull; apathetic. [ …

    Universalium

  • 13 musty — must|y [ˈmʌsti] adj [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Perhaps from moisty wet (15 19 centuries), from moist; influenced by MUST22] a musty room, house, or object has an unpleasant smell, because it is old and has not had any fresh air for a long time ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 musty — adjective 1) the room smelled musty Syn: moldy, stale, fusty, damp, dank, mildewy, smelly, stuffy, airless, unventilated; informal funky Ant: fresh, fragrant 2) the play …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 musty — adj. Musty is used with these nouns: ↑attic, ↑odour, ↑smell …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 musty — must|y [ mʌsti ] adjective smelling unpleasant and not fresh: The room had a musty smell. ╾ must|i|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 musty — mus•ty [[t]ˈmʌs ti[/t]] adj. ti•er, ti•est 1) having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings or stale food 2) obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws[/ex] 3) dull; apathetic mus′ti•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 musty — /ˈmʌsti / (say mustee) adjective (mustier, mustiest) 1. having a smell or flavour suggestive of mould, as old buildings, long closed rooms, food, etc. 2. made stale by time, or antiquated: musty laws. 3. dull; apathetic. {variant of moisty (from… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 musty — 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) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 musty — adjective Having a stale odor …

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