Definition of musty adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmʌsti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌsti//
(mustier, mustiest)
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smelling damp and unpleasant because of a lack of fresh air synonym dank a musty room a musty smell of old books These clothes smell musty. Word Originearly 16th cent.: perhaps an alteration of moisty ‘moist’.Extra examples The hallway was musty and dark. The old library smelt musty with disuse. There was a damp, musty smell in the room.
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