mustiness

musty

1 [muhs-tee]
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obsolete; outdated; antiquated: musty laws.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:
1520–30; perhaps variant of moisty (Middle English; see moist, -y1) with loss of i before s as in master

mustily, adverb
mustiness, noun


1. dank, moldy, stale.
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musty (ˈmʌstɪ)
 
adj , -tier, -tiest
1.  smelling or tasting old, stale, or mouldy
2.  old-fashioned, dull, or hackneyed: musty ideas
 
[C16: perhaps a variant of obsolete moisty, influenced by must³]
 
'mustily
 
adv
 
'mustiness
 
n

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musty
1530, perhaps a variant of moisty "moist, damp" (see moist).
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