Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being musty or sour; moldiness; damp foulness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being musty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The characteristic of being musty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of smelling or tasting old or stale or mouldy

Etymologies

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musty +‎ -ness

Examples

  • She was doing me terrible harm, mixing up my first erotic feelings with Santa Claus and the smells of smoke and alcohol and mustiness, associations that would become my curse forever.

    Babies

  • The Library smelled of paper, umbrellas, furniture polish, warm computers; it had a delectable mustiness.

    Audrey Niffenegger | Moths of the New World

  • But even if the place had been pitch black, I would have known by its smell—a mix of mustiness, dust, and paint—that I was in an old theater, the kind with worn gilt edges and heavy velvet curtains that hung a little longer each year.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • But even if the place had been pitch black, I would have known by its smell—a mix of mustiness, dust, and paint—that I was in an old theater, the kind with worn gilt edges and heavy velvet curtains that hung a little longer each year.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • The heating system just popped, I can smell the dog and my shampoo and laundry detergent and a little mustiness as the heater kicks in, the plant on the bookcase has yellowed leaves, and when I brush my hair out of my face where it just fell I can smell the orange oil on my fingers from the blood orange I had at breakfast.

    i smoke my friends down to the filter

  • Upon unwrapping it recently, I thought I detected a hint of mustiness.

    Avoiding Musty Car Covers

  • But even if the place had been pitch black, I would have known by its smell—a mix of mustiness, dust, and paint—that I was in an old theater, the kind with worn gilt edges and heavy velvet curtains that hung a little longer each year.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • The air is clean and damp; I breathe in great lungfuls of the lovely woodland mustiness, the warm earthiness that you find only here.

    Horse riding in Ashdown Forest

  • Natural flavours and aromas such as floral, fruit, honey and chocolate are better than flavours that come from mistakes made during drying, such as mustiness or moldiness.

    Can coffee wreck your marriage?

  • The smell of the lavender was dry and faint, and a mustiness hung in the air like motes of dust.

    GREEDY • by Stephanie Siebert

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