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[muhs-kee] /ˈmʌs ki/
adjective, muskier, muskiest.
of or like musk, as an odor:
a musky perfume.
Origin of musky1
1600-10; musk + -y1
Related forms
muskiness, noun


[muhs-kee] /ˈmʌs ki/
noun, plural muskies.
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  • Propane tanks are placed here and there amid the musky scent of unpaved streets and alleys.
  • Others say it's slightly sweet and peppery, musky, or has a flowery scent.
  • The musky, and a bit sour, smell of a library for example.
  • These musky springtime cousins of leeks and garlic have a short season, and are thought to grow only in the wild.
  • Charter service is available for musky and walleye fishing expeditions.
  • Sadly, there wasn't enough of the musky fungus in the crisp, deep-fried wrap to satisfy us.
  • The honey-colored vinegar is nutty and spicy, with a hint of musky richness.
  • There are smells, too: the funky, musky aromas of athletic exertion.
  • Additional walleye, musky and trout to be stocked in state waters.
  • Fall musky anglers reminded of bait restrictions when fishing with suckers.
British Dictionary definitions for musky


adjective muskier, muskiest
resembling the smell of musk; having a heady or pungent sweet aroma
Derived Forms
muskiness, noun


noun (pl) muskies
an informal name for the muskellunge
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Word Origin and History for musky

c.1600, from musk + -y (2). Related: Muskiness.


late 19c., short for muskrat or muskellunge. Also muskie.

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