musty musty  /ˈmə sti/


  1. (adj) covered with or smelling of mold
  2. (adj) stale and unclean smelling


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  1. Rarely used are these ancient and musty Federal statutes because most murders occur within the jurisdiction of a State, most murderers are executed by the people of a State.
  2. She was obliged, for lack of money, to use precious but musty draperies for clothes.
  3. The word once to be found only in musty lexicons screamed from every morning's newspaper.


  1. Living with his 35,000 books

    Tom Johnson, 83, lives in the museum that is his home. In his own non-digital way, he curates his family's legacy, the estimated 35,000 books and manuscripts that share his 113-year-old meandering and musty house on the Osage River.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Springfield News-Leader

  2. Wealthy turn hedge funds into family offices

    USA TODAY - For hundreds of years, family offices have been the financial equivalent of social registers - small, musty preserves of the rich that have little impact on the real world.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: 9 News Denver


  1. "Not only has Harold Pinter written some of the outstanding plays of his time, he has also blown fresh air into the musty attic of conventional English literature, by insisting that everything he does has a public and political dimension," said...
    on Oct 13, 2005 By: David Hare Source: CBS News

  2. The issue, Podesta said, is whether Lieberman "is trying to get to 'no' on health care. He said Democratic congressional leaders were surprised by Lieberman's negative language Sunday on the emerging Democratic plan. I suspect musty folders on...
    on Dec 14, 2009 By: John Podesta Source: USA Today (blog)

  3. Moby said in a statement: "Combining such disparate influences as rock, hard rock, metal, and heavy metal, New York City's Diamondsnake was borne out of a shared love for entering a small, dark, and musty room, plugging into a few amps, and playing...
    on May 5, 2010 By: Moby Source: MTV UK

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