\ˈmȯist \

Definition of moist 

1 : slightly or moderately wet : damp I love cookies when they are moist and chewy.

2 : tearful the eyes of both of us … were moist with the joy of success— Jack London

3 : characterized by high humidity Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface.

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Other Words from moist

moistly adverb
moistness \ˈmȯis(t)-nəs \ noun

Synonyms for moist


damp, dampish, dank, wettish

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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 (such 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

Examples of moist in a Sentence

I love cookies when they are moist and chewy. The pork chops were tender and moist. a moist and spongy chocolate cake The plant grows best in direct sunlight and with rich, moist soil. She dabbed her moist eyes with a handkerchief. Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface. The eggs will hatch sooner in warm, moist conditions.
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Spread a light layer of compost or pelleted seed establishment mulch over the new seed to help keep it moist. Tim Johnson,, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 The rack safely holds up to six bottles on their sides to keep the cork moist and preserve freshness. Sunset, "10 Must-Have Wine Accessories," 22 Jan. 2018 The beach batch, though, was definitely better: More chickeny, fresher-tasting, and definitely more moist from the way the shredded chicken mixes with the mayonnaise. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "The best thing to eat at Wrightsville Beach (and the best food to bring back with you)," 12 July 2018 In a stiflingly hot chamber, as parliamentarians fanned their moist faces, Mr Macron sent two broad messages. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said Hurricane Chris helped keep North Georgia mostly dry the past few days, and the storm moving up the northeast coast will only allow more moist, humid air to move in. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storm chances ramp up as cold front approaches," 12 July 2018 Unlike ornamental plants, vegetables need consistently moist (not wet) soil. Nan Sterman,, "What to do in your garden in July? Less is more," 6 July 2018 For minor cleanups, a moist towelette (like a baby wipe) should do the trick. Southern Living, "10 Things You Should Know About Your Dog," 3 July 2018 Back at the laboratory, food scientists duplicate different hazards, packing French fries in white paper bags next to cold milkshakes or moist hamburgers. Rachel Abrams, The Seattle Times, "Out of the fryer and into the Uber car: Idaho-based Lamb Weston trying to deliver crispy fries," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of moist

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moist

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

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English Language Learners Definition of moist

: slightly or barely wet : not completely dry

: having a lot of moisture in the air


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Kids Definition of moist

: slightly wet : damp

Other Words from moist

moistness noun


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Medical Definition of moist 

1 : slightly or moderately wet

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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