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[moist] /mɔɪst/
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
1325-1375
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)
Synonyms
1. dank. See damp.
Antonyms
1, 2. dry.
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British Dictionary definitions for moistness

moist

/mɔɪst/
adjective
1.
slightly damp or wet
2.
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 moistness

moist

adj.

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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