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mus·ty / ˈməstē/ • adj. (mus·ti·er , mus·ti·est ) having a stale, moldy, or damp smell: a dark musty library filled with old books. ∎  having a stale taste: the beer tasted sour, thin, and musty. ∎ fig. lacking originality or interest: when I read it again, the play seemed musty. DERIVATIVES: mus·ti·ly / -təlē/ adv. mus·ti·ness n.