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[mohl-dee] /ˈmoʊl di/
noun, plural mouldies. British Military Slang.
a torpedo.
Origin of mouldy
1915-20; probably identical with Scottish and north dial. moudie a mole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I read it in an old, old book, in a mouldy old circulating library.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • It seemed as if the sun-rays could never reach that paving, mouldy with damp.

  • If the folio be followed, I read, vinew'd, that is mouldy leven.

  • Then it took them to another lake, into which they cast a mouldy log.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • 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
  • The rooms were low and cramped, and had a mouldy, disused smell in them.

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • He seemed to me just like a dog who mumbles and chews a mouldy old bone with a sort of fury.

    Tatterdemalion John Galsworthy
  • When we got it, it had been wet and was so mouldy that we had to chop it out with an ax.

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

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • Her best gown was all damp and mouldy in the attic that was her bower.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned Ford Madox Ford
British Dictionary definitions for mouldy


adjective mouldier, mouldiest (US) moldier, moldiest
covered with mould
stale or musty, esp from age or lack of use
(slang) boring; dull
Derived Forms
mouldiness, (US) moldiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mouldy

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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