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adjective \ˈmȯist\

Simple Definition of moist

  • : slightly or barely wet : not completely dry

  • : having a lot of moisture in the air

Full Definition of moist

  1. 1 :  slightly or moderately wet :  damp

  2. 2 :  tearful

  3. 3 :  characterized by high humidity

moist·ly adverb
moist·ness play \ˈmȯis(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of moist

  1. I love cookies when they are moist and chewy.

  2. The pork chops were tender and moist.

  3. a moist and spongy chocolate cake

  4. The plant grows best in direct sunlight and with rich, moist soil.

  5. She dabbed her moist eyes with a handkerchief.

  6. Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface.

  7. The eggs will hatch sooner in warm, moist conditions.

Origin of moist

Middle English moiste, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muscidus, alteration of Latin mucidus slimy, from mucus nasal mucus

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of moist

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (as paint) not yet dry <slipped on the wet pavement>. damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture <clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place>. dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness <a prisoner in a cold, dank cell>. moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry <treat the injury with moist heat>. humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air <a hot, humid climate>.

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MOIST Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈmȯist\

Definition of moist

  1. :  slightly wet :  damp

moist·ness noun

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈmȯist\

Medical Definition of moist

  1. 1:  slightly or moderately wet

  2. 2a:  marked by a discharge or exudation of liquid <moist eczema>b:  suggestive of the presence of liquid—used of sounds heard in auscultation <moist rales>

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