adjective \ˈmist\

: slightly or barely wet : not completely dry

: having a lot of moisture in the air

Full Definition of MOIST

:  slightly or moderately wet :  damp
:  tearful
:  characterized by high humidity
moist·ly adverb
moist·ness \ˈmis(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

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

Rhymes with MOIST


adjective \ˈmist\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MOIST

: slightly or moderately wet
a : 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>


Next Word in the Dictionary: moisten
Previous Word in the Dictionary: moiré
All Words Near: moist

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up moist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More