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mouldy

[mohl-dee] /ˈmoʊl di/
noun, plural mouldies. British Military Slang.
1.
a torpedo.
Origin of mouldy
1915-1920
1915-20; probably identical with Scottish and north dial. moudie a mole
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Examples from the Web for mouldy
Historical Examples
  • I read it in an old, old book, in a mouldy old circulating library.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Her best gown was all damp and mouldy in the attic that was her bower.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
  • If the folio be followed, I read, vinew'd, that is mouldy leven.

  • What are we but microscopic weevils in the mouldy crust of earth?

    This Giddy Globe Oliver Herford
  • Stepping upon an earthern floor, he found himself in a vault-like chamber—damp, mouldy, and foul of atmosphere.

    The Ghost of Guir House Charles Willing Beale
  • Did you ever hear of a mouldy old castle but had its tale about a secret passage?

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • He seemed to me just like a dog who mumbles and chews a mouldy old bone with a sort of fury.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • They were only dry and mouldy crusts, but they would at least sustain life.

  • They manage to steal some mouldy bread, and sleep one night in a cask.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • It seemed as if the sun-rays could never reach that paving, mouldy with damp.

British Dictionary definitions for mouldy

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 mouldy
adj.

see moldy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mouldy in the Bible

Of the Gibeonites it is said that "all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy" (Josh. 9:5, 12). The Hebrew word here rendered "mouldy" (nikuddim) is rendered "cracknels" in 1 Kings 14:3, and denotes a kind of crisp cake. The meaning is that the bread of the Gibeonites had become dry and hard, hard as biscuits, and thus was an evidence of the length of the journey they had travelled.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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