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or (especially British) moulder

[mohl-der] /ˈmoʊl dər/
verb (used without object)
to turn to dust by natural decay; crumble; disintegrate; waste away:
a house that had been left to molder.
verb (used with object)
to cause to molder.
Origin of molder1
1525-35; obsolete mold to crumble (v. use of mold3) + -er6
Related forms
unmoldered; especially British, unmouldered, adjective
unmoldering; especially British, unmouldering, adjective Unabridged
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  • It seemed to him ages gone since de Claverlok and he had thundered side by side above its moldering planks.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
  • I stepped at once into, surely, some moldering century long hidden in the dark womb of the forgotten past.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • The jewel shimmered on the full, arching breast of a naked, living man who lay among the moldering bandages.

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • The thought of that coffin moved me to a stern smile—that splintered, damp, and moldering wood must speak for itself by and by.

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
  • It was not a very long task, and soon the end was reached, the moldering bones of a body were found.

    Wizard Will Prentiss Ingraham
  • A score of people might have amused themselves wandering about among the moldering tombs, as the church-yard is free to all.

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
  • It was a long and high room, finished in dark wood, and decorated with moldering portraits in the worst possible style of art.

  • Not that the concentric curves of these moldering and moss-lined stone benches are without their appeal to the senses.

    The Mediterranean T. G. (Thomas Gray) Bonney, E. A. R. Ball, H. D. Traill, Grant Allen, and Arthur Griffiths
  • The wind brought the wood smells,—spruce and moldering earth and a thousand more no man could name.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for moldering


verb, noun
the US spelling of moulder1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moldering



also moulder, "to crumble away," 1530s, probably frequentative of mold (n.3) "loose earth." Related: Moldered; moldering.


also moulder, mid-15c., "one who molds or forms," agent noun from mold (v.). From late 13c. as a surname.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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