Definition of mouldy in English:

mouldy

(US moldy)

adjective

  • 1Covered with a fungal growth which causes decay, due to age or damp conditions.

    ‘mouldy bread’
    • ‘Indeed, the only food he could find, and which starvation caused him to digest, was mouldy crusts of bread covered in mouse droppings.’
    • ‘We had to throw out many things which had just gone mouldy in the damp but that has at least meant that we can get to any place within the garage without having to climb over anything.’
    • ‘At home and in the field, the men around him had often complained of rotten meat and moldy bread.’
    • ‘Others found stale bread or mouldy tomatoes, or items a bit too near their ‘best before’ dates.’
    • ‘It's like comparing stale, moldy, rancid bread with soggy, stale, moldy, rancid bread.’
    • ‘The earth by the Kramer monument burst asunder, and a bony, decomposing arm, covered with tatters of moldy, worm-eaten cloth, reached out of the ground.’
    • ‘Severely infected seeds appear shriveled, cracked, and elongated, and may be covered with a white, moldy growth.’
    • ‘Cool and rainy weather in late spring induced moldy conditions in the cells that caused much larval mortality.’
    • ‘If a cork seems damp or mouldy at either end, this is not necessarily a sign of any wine fault.’
    • ‘Two large black wings spread to an impressive 20 foot wind-span, the black feathers glistening in the damp, moldy city air.’
    • ‘He saw last weeks left over boiled potatoes, mouldy and covered with small dark flying insects.’
    • ‘Jean-Baptiste Canelle, for that was his name, sat behind a table covered with moldy bread crusts, half burned candles, and beer-stains.’
    • ‘Beetles are frequently associated with poultry feed, preferring grain and cereal products that are damp, moldy and slightly out of condition.’
    • ‘A white or grayish powdery / moldy growth appears on the foliage, new shoots and buds.’
    • ‘How can the council say that this family are not a priority when they are living in mouldy, musty, damp conditions with a two-week old baby and a son who has asthma?’
    • ‘‘It was damp, it was mouldy, there was only one scrap of curtain,’ she says.’
    • ‘That was the last thing I wanted to smell and I emptied my already rather empty stomach onto the damp, moldy floor.’
    • ‘She quietly reads a book, oblivious to the great pockmarks of peeling paint and disintegrating plaster of the moldy wall behind her.’
    • ‘It's shot in a clunky retro-futurist style, and the director declares himself influenced by Fritz Lang, filling his screen with eerie, gigantic hardware shot in mouldy, decaying, soft-focus sepia.’
    • ‘Human exposure to biological contaminants in the air of damp and moldy indoor environments is a challenge for toxicological research and risk assessment.’
    • ‘We never found out what was causing it, but I rather suspect that the carpets were mouldy from the damp.’
    mildewed, mildewy, musty, mouldering, fusty
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  • 2informal Tediously old-fashioned.

    ‘mouldy conventions’
    • ‘He loved it until he played a chess game with moldy old Uncle Hooya… and lost.’
    • ‘They feel entitled to de-clutter their lives from those mouldy old ancestral obligations.’
    • ‘Forget the moldy old slide-show party.’
    old-fashioned, outmoded, out of fashion, out of date, unfashionable, frumpish, frumpy, out of style, outdated, dated, out, outworn, old, former, dead, musty, old-time, old-world, behindhand, past, bygone, archaic, obsolescent, obsolete, ancient, antiquated, superannuated
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    1. 2.1British Dull or depressing.
      ‘evenings filled with mouldy old shows’
      • ‘Now this is more fun than mouldy old CDs - we had more snow this morning, from around 7: 30 am onwards.’
      • ‘Not another mouldy old book to add to your ever growing collection!’
      • ‘And I'll be stuck slaving away in some moldy old courtroom, wondering ‘what if?’’
      • ‘Capn's Final Word: More jangly versions of the same old moldy folk tunes that everyone else in the coffee shop knows by heart.’
      • ‘I remember where the Kitchen is, and I know I'm sick of moldy old food we've got.’
      • ‘The only sign of life there today came from a mouldy old caravan, all steamy windows and grimed with neglect, where a radio was playing Sunday morning music of the popular kind.’
      • ‘You can accept your moldy old science with its unanswered questions and stupid bland facts and its ‘rigorous analytical processes.’’

Pronunciation

mouldy

/ˈməʊldi/