moist

[moist]
adjective, moister, moistest.
1.
moderately or slightly wet; damp.
2.
(of the eyes) tearful.
3.
accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.
4.
(of the air) having high humidity.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English moiste < Middle French; connected with Latin mūcidus mucid

moistful, adjective
moistless, adjective
moistly, adverb
moistness, noun
overmoist, adjective
semimoist, adjective

damp, dampen, moist (see synonym study at damp).


1. dank. See damp.


1, 2. dry.
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moist (mɔɪst)
 
adj
1.  slightly damp or wet
2.  saturated with or suggestive of moisture
 
[C14: from Old French, ultimately related to Latin mūcidus musty, from mūcusmucus]
 
'moistly
 
adv
 
'moistness
 
n

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moist
late 14c., from O.Fr. moiste "damp," from V.L. *muscidus "moldy," also "wet," from L. mucidus "slimy, moldy, musty," from mucus "slime" (see mucus). Alternative etymology is from L. musteus "fresh, green, new," lit. "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.
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Example sentences
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.
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