verb[no object] (often as adjective mouldering)
- Slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect: the smell of mouldering books • figurative I couldn’t permit someone of your abilities to moulder away in a backwaterMore example sentences
- I also parted with a large sum of money and came away with a 7 tightly wrapped bags containing a week's supply of something that smells old, fusty and a bit mouldering.
- Then she burst out, in a fit of temper quite unlike her, ‘It's just been mouldering in here, no-one even knows it's here!’
- Frankly I don't understand why most companies don't follow the same policy as franked income in the hands of shareholders is worth a lot more to them than huge piles of franking credits mouldering away in the company's balance sheet.
mid 16th century: perhaps from mould3, but compare with Norwegian dialect muldra 'crumble'.
- A person or thing that moulds something: a moulder of public opinionMore example sentences
- I left school at 16 to become an apprentice iron moulder.
- According to the company, multicomponent molding offers a wide range of opportunities for molders looking to gain competitive advantage.
- From there, the mozzarella mixture is forwarded to two adjoining molders.