musty


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Related to musty: malodorous, stench

must·y

 (mŭs′tē)
adj. must·i·er, must·i·est
1. Stale or moldy in odor or taste.
2.
a. Hackneyed or trite; dull.
b. Out of date; antiquated.
c. Out of use or practice; rusty.

[Alteration of obsolete moisty, from moist.]

must′i·ly adv.
must′i·ness n.

musty

(ˈmʌstɪ)
adj, -tier or -tiest
1. smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy
2. old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyed: musty ideas.
[C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete moisty, influenced by must3]
ˈmustily adv
ˈmustiness n

mus•ty

(ˈmʌs ti)

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 obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws.
3. dull; apathetic.
mus′ti•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.musty - covered with or smelling of moldmusty - covered with or smelling of mold; "moldy bread"; "a moldy (or musty) odor"
stale - lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"
2.musty - stale and unclean smelling

musty

adjective stale, stuffy, airless, decayed, smelly, dank, mouldy, fusty, mildewed, frowsty, mildewy He climbed the stairs to a lofty, musty room.

musty

adjective
Translations
عَفِن، مُتَعَفِّن
plesnivýzatuchlý
muggen
dohos
myglaîur, lyktandi af fúa og sagga
aptrauktas pelėsiaisatsiduodantis pelėsiais
appelējispelējuma-
zatuchnutý

musty

[ˈmʌstɪ] ADJ (mustier (compar) (mustiest (superl))) [room etc] → que huele a humedad, que huele a cerrado (fig) → anticuado

musty

[ˈmʌsti] adj [smell] → de moisi, de renfermé; [clothing] → moisi(e)

musty

adj (+er)moderig; airmuffig

musty

[ˈmʌstɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (smell) → (che sa) di stantio or di muffa; (ideas) → ammuffito/a, stantio/a
to smell musty → aver odore di stantio

musty

(ˈmasti) adjective
damp or stale in smell or taste. musty old books.
References in classic literature ?
Alone in his musty office in the Heffner Block above the Paris Dry Goods Company's store, he worked ceaselessly, building up something that he himself destroyed.
Now she places a gingerbread elephant against the window, but with so tremulous a touch that it tumbles upon the floor, with the dismemberment of three legs and its trunk; it has ceased to be an elephant, and has become a few bits of musty gingerbread.
It was sorrowful to think how many days, and weeks, and months, and years of toil had been wasted on these musty papers, which were now only an encumbrance on earth, and were hidden away in this forgotten corner, never more to be glanced at by human eyes.
During my researches in the leviathanic histories, I stumbled upon an ancient Dutch volume, which, by the musty whaling smell of it, I knew must be about whalers.
He would be a poet who could impress the winds and streams into his service, to speak for him; who nailed words to their primitive senses, as farmers drive down stakes in the spring, which the frost has heaved; who derived his words as often as he used them--transplanted them to his page with earth adhering to their roots; whose words were so true and fresh and natural that they would appear to expand like the buds at the approach of spring, though they lay half smothered between two musty leaves in a library--aye, to bloom and bear fruit there, after their kind, annually, for the faithful reader, in sympathy with surrounding Nature.
Exactly as I would speak of my nearest personal friends or enemies, or my most familiar neighbors, he spoke of Sir Bedivere, Sir Bors de Ganis, Sir Launcelot of the Lake, Sir Galahad, and all the other great names of the Table Round -- and how old, old, unspeakably old and faded and dry and musty and ancient he came to look as he went on
The musty ancient beds remained in the chambers, and their quilts and curtains and canopies were decorated with curious handwork, and the walls and ceilings frescoed with historical and mythological scenes in glaring colors.
Your bank-notes had a musty odour, as if they were fast decomposing into rags again.
It being now pretty late, we took our candles and went upstairs, where we parted with friendly heartiness at his door, and where I found my new room a great improvement on my old one, it not being at all musty, and having an immense four-post bedstead in it, which was quite a little landed estate.
This is my little bedroom; rather musty, but Barnard's is musty.
All those minute circumstances belonging to private life and domestic character, all that gives verisimilitude to a narrative, and individuality to the persons introduced, is still known and remembered in Scotland; whereas in England, civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles, the authors of which seem perversely to have conspired to suppress in their narratives all interesting details, in order to find room for flowers of monkish eloquence, or trite reflections upon morals.
if he could go back even for a brief month of it, to feel again the brush of leafy branches against his naked hide; to smell the musty rot of dead vegetation--frankincense and myrrh to the jungle born; to sense the noiseless coming of the great carnivora upon his trail; to hunt and to be hunted; to kill