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Webster 1913 Edition


Musty

Mus′ty

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Mustier
;
sup
erl.
Mustiest
.]
[From L.
mustum
must; or perh. fr. E.
moist
. Cf.
Must
,
Noun.
,
Moist
.]
1.
Having the rank, pungent, offensive 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
.
Shakespeare
3.
Dull; heavy; spiritless.
“That he may not grow musty and unfit for conversation.”
Addison.

Webster 1828 Edition


Musty

MUS'TY

,
Adj.
[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.

Definition 2022


musty

musty

English

Adjective

musty (comparative mustier, superlative mustiest)

  1. Having a stale odor.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. [] It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.

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