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Definition of moulder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

moulder

 verb
(US English molder) verb
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldər//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they moulder
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldər//
 
he / she / it moulders
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldərz//
 
past simple mouldered
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldərd//
 
past participle mouldered
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldərd//
 
-ing form mouldering
BrE BrE//ˈməʊldərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldərɪŋ//
 
 
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to decay slowly and steadily The room smelt of disuse and mouldering books. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: perhaps from mould ‘soft loose earth’, but compare with Norwegian dialect muldra ‘crumble’.