Definition of moldy in English:

moldy

(British mouldy)

adjective

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

    ‘moldy bread’
    • ‘‘It was damp, it was mouldy, there was only one scrap of curtain,’ she says.’
    • ‘Jean-Baptiste Canelle, for that was his name, sat behind a table covered with moldy bread crusts, half burned candles, and beer-stains.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘If a cork seems damp or mouldy at either end, this is not necessarily a sign of any wine fault.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That was the last thing I wanted to smell and I emptied my already rather empty stomach onto the damp, moldy floor.’
    • ‘Cool and rainy weather in late spring induced moldy conditions in the cells that caused much larval mortality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He saw last weeks left over boiled potatoes, mouldy and covered with small dark flying insects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She quietly reads a book, oblivious to the great pockmarks of peeling paint and disintegrating plaster of the moldy wall behind her.’
    • ‘It's like comparing stale, moldy, rancid bread with soggy, stale, moldy, rancid bread.’
    • ‘Two large black wings spread to an impressive 20 foot wind-span, the black feathers glistening in the damp, moldy city air.’
    • ‘At home and in the field, the men around him had often complained of rotten meat and moldy bread.’
    • ‘A white or grayish powdery / moldy growth appears on the foliage, new shoots and buds.’
    • ‘Severely infected seeds appear shriveled, cracked, and elongated, and may be covered with a white, moldy growth.’
    • ‘Others found stale bread or mouldy tomatoes, or items a bit too near their ‘best before’ dates.’
    • ‘Beetles are frequently associated with poultry feed, preferring grain and cereal products that are damp, moldy and slightly out of condition.’
    mildewed, mildewy, musty, mouldering, fusty
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    1. 1.1 Tediously old-fashioned.
      ‘moldy conventions’
      • ‘They feel entitled to de-clutter their lives from those mouldy old ancestral obligations.’
      • ‘Forget the moldy old slide-show party.’
      • ‘He loved it until he played a chess game with moldy old Uncle Hooya… and lost.’
      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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    2. 1.2British informal Dull or depressing.
      ‘evenings filled with moldy old shows’
      • ‘Capn's Final Word: More jangly versions of the same old moldy folk tunes that everyone else in the coffee shop knows by heart.’
      • ‘Not another mouldy old book to add to your ever growing collection!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now this is more fun than mouldy old CDs - we had more snow this morning, from around 7: 30 am onwards.’
      • ‘And I'll be stuck slaving away in some moldy old courtroom, wondering ‘what if?’’
      • ‘You can accept your moldy old science with its unanswered questions and stupid bland facts and its ‘rigorous analytical processes.’’
      • ‘I remember where the Kitchen is, and I know I'm sick of moldy old food we've got.’

Pronunciation

moldy

/ˈmoʊldi//ˈmōldē/