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moldy

[mohl-dee] /ˈmoʊl di/
adjective, moldier, moldiest.
1.
overgrown or covered with mold.
2.
musty, as from decay or age.
3.
Informal. old-fashioned; outmoded:
moldy ideas about higher education.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see mold2, -y1
Related forms
moldiness, noun
unmoldy, adjective
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Examples from the web for moldy
  • moldy or musty odors are an indicator that there may be hidden mold growth.
  • It's the same dynamic that fills the office refrigerator with old yogurt containers and moldy lunches.
  • Staff members say the rainy season, with its mosquito swarms and moldy clothes, attracts the toughest volunteers.
  • moldy soft cheese can also have bacteria growing along with the mold.
  • Avoid touching mold or moldy items with your bare hands.
  • Once identified, you should clean, disinfect and dry the moldy area.
  • When working around moldy areas, use respiratory protection.
  • Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
  • Collect moldy materials such as ceiling tiles and carpet and dispose of it in plastic garbage bags.
  • For moldy wood, clean it with soap and water and elbow grease.
British Dictionary definitions for moldy

moldy

/ˈməʊldɪ/
adjective moldier, moldiest
1.
the US spelling of mouldy
Derived Forms
moldiness, noun

mouldy

/ˈməʊldɪ/
adjective mouldier, mouldiest (US) moldier, moldiest
1.
covered with mould
2.
stale or musty, esp from age or lack of use
3.
(slang) boring; dull
Derived Forms
mouldiness, (US) moldiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for moldy
adj.

also mouldy, 1570s, earlier mowly (late 14c.), from mold (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Moldiness.

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