mothy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mothy infested with moths
    • adj mothy worn or eaten away by (or as if by) moths "moth-eaten blankets"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Mothy Infested with moths; moth-eaten. "An old mothy saddle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mothy Containing moths; eaten by moths.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mothy full of moths.
    • adj Mothy full of moths
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. moþþe, mohþe; Ger. motte.

Usage

In literature:

She herself had taken her little gifts for Zebbie to Mothie to keep for him.
"Letters of a Woman Homesteader" by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
There were several articles of wearing apparel in this box, all of a mothy and mouldy character.
"Sue, A Little Heroine" by L. T. Meade
Our hero walked into his apartment, which certainly had a very mothy and mouldy appearance.
"The Poacher" by Frederick Marryat
Cocked hats of mothy mould!
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VIII (of X)" by Various
Even a little mothy rat of a man who sits opposite me has quite a pad of ten-franc notes.
"Sea and Sardinia" by D. H. Lawrence
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In poetry:

If I pass during some nocturnal blackness, mothy and warm,
When the hedgehog travels furtively over the lawn,
One may say, 'He strove that such innocent creatures should come to no harm,
But he could do little for them; and now he is gone.'
"Afterwards" by Thomas Hardy