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musty1

[muhs-tee] /ˈmʌs ti/
adjective, mustier, mustiest.
1.
having an odor or flavor suggestive of mold, as old buildings, long-closed rooms, or stale food.
2.
obsolete; outdated; antiquated:
musty laws.
3.
dull; apathetic.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps variant of moisty (Middle English; see moist, -y1) with loss of i before s as in master
Related forms
mustily, adverb
mustiness, noun
Synonyms
1. dank, moldy, stale.
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British Dictionary definitions for mustily

musty

/ˈmʌstɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy
2.
old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyed: musty ideas
Derived Forms
mustily, adverb
mustiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete moisty, influenced by must³
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Word Origin and History for mustily

musty

adj.

1520s, perhaps a variant of moisty "moist, damp" (see moist). Related: Mustiness.

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