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[moist] /mɔɪst/
adjective, moister, moistest.
moderately or slightly wet; damp.
(of the eyes) tearful.
accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.
(of the air) having high humidity.
Origin of moist
1325-75; Middle English moiste < Middle French; connected with Latin mūcidus mucid
Related forms
moistful, adjective
moistless, adjective
moistly, adverb
moistness, noun
overmoist, adjective
semimoist, adjective
Can be confused
damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at damp)
1. dank. See damp.
1, 2. dry. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moist
  • The clean, moist air then continues its journey until it encounters a series of vertical condensing pipes.
  • moist places, such as streamsides, in more or less open forest or in coastal scrub.
  • Except one: it had moist lips, glossy hair and vivid eyes that blinked slowly.
  • Be sure to keep the plants moist until you're ready to set them out.
  • As moist sea air is lifted to the crest of the waves, it cools and condensation forms a cloud.
  • Cut through layers of creamy white icing to reveal moist layers of bright red cake.
  • moist soils, especially along canyons and mountain slopes in coniferous forests.
  • If proven, the biotic-pump hypothesis could explain how big rainforests far from oceans stay so moist.
  • Then the novice potters set to work, plunging their hands into moist clay.
  • The storm in the northern cell began looking anemic as the new line of storms cut off its supply of warm, moist air.
British Dictionary definitions for moist


slightly damp or wet
saturated with or suggestive of moisture
Derived Forms
moistly, adverb
moistness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, ultimately related to Latin mūcidus musty, from mūcusmucus
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Word Origin and History for moist

late 14c., "moist, wet; well-irrigated," from Old French moiste "damp, wet, soaked" (13c., Modern French moite), from Vulgar Latin *muscidus "moldy," also "wet," from Latin mucidus "slimy, moldy, musty," from mucus "slime" (see mucus). Alternative etymology [Diez] is from Latin musteus "fresh, green, new," literally "like new wine," from musteum "new wine" (see must (n.1)). If this wasn't the source, it influenced the form of the other word in Old French. Related: Moistly; moistness.

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