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 for musty
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Musty \Mus"ty\, a. [Compar. Mustier; superl. Mustiest.]
     [From L. mustum must; or perh. fr. E. moist. Cf. Must, n.,
     1. Having the rank, pungent, offensive odor and taste which
        substances of organic origin acquire during warm, moist
        weather; foul or sour and fetid; moldy; as, musty corn;
        musty books. --Harvey.
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     2. Spoiled by age; rank; stale.
        [1913 Webster]
              The proverb is somewhat musty.        --Shak.
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     3. Dull; heavy; spiritless. "That he may not grow musty and
        unfit for conversation." --Addison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: covered with or smelling of mold; "moldy bread"; "a moldy
             (or musty) odor" [syn: moldy, mouldy, musty]
      2: stale and unclean smelling [syn: fusty, musty, frowsty]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  134 Moby Thesaurus words for "musty":
     ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, back-number, bad,
     bad-smelling, banal, bewhiskered, blasted, blighted, blown,
     bromidic, burning, bygone, cliched, common, commonplace, corny,
     crumbling, cut-and-dried, damp, decayed, despoiled, dilapidated,
     dirty, dusty, estral, estrous, estrual, fade, familiar, fecal,
     fetid, filthy, flyblown, foul, frowsty, frowsy, frowy, frowzy,
     fulsome, funky, fusty, gamy, gone to seed, graveolent, hackney,
     hackneyed, high, hoary, hot, ill-smelling, in heat, in must,
     in rut, maggoty, malodorous, mephitic, miasmal, miasmic, mildewed,
     mildewy, moldering, moldy, moss-grown, moth-eaten, mouldy, must,
     nidorous, noisome, noxious, obsolete, odorous, offensive, old hat,
     old-fashioned, olid, out of date, passe, platitudinous, putrid,
     rancid, rank, ravaged, reasty, reasy, reechy, reeking, reeky,
     repulsive, rotten, ruined, ruinous, rusty, rutting, ruttish, rutty,
     set, shopworn, smellful, smelling, smelly, smutted, smutty, sour,
     spoilt, squalid, square, stale, stenchy, stereotyped, stinking,
     stock, strong, stuffy, sulfurous, threadbare, time-scarred,
     timeworn, tired, trite, truistic, unoriginal, vile, warmed-over,
     weevily, well-known, well-worn, worm-eaten, wormy, worn, worn out,
     worn thin

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