moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from moist

moistly adverb
moistness \ ˈmȯis(t)-​nəs How to pronounce moistness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for moist

Synonyms

damp, dampish, dank, wettish

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 (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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Artful was the shepherd’s pie ($12), with its striking spiral of smooth rosemary mash concealing moist-but-mercifully-un-soupy meat and veg beneath. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Slainté! Sanfording at The Sullivan is trad and true ... and pretty tasty," 4 June 2019 Reproduction As amphibians, some caecilians lay their eggs in water or moist soil, similar to frog and salamander reproduction. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Caecilians," 27 June 2019 Rising hot air means low pressure; moist maritime water is drawn in to fill the partial void. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 In addition, this rash may feel moist to the touch and lead your skin to feel irritated or itchy. Lambeth Hochwald, Health.com, "What is Inverse Psoriasis—and What’s the Best Way to Treat It?," 27 June 2019 Tropical storms and hurricanes form over warm ocean water and moist air, according to NASA. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "With Falcon Heavy launch, new tools to decipher hurricane intensity make it to space," 25 June 2019 Smaller male crabs gather around the larger females, which can lay upwards of 100,000 tiny, greenish eggs in the moist sand along the tide line. Maddy Lauria, baltimoresun.com, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 Start by grilling your corn over medium-high heat until a good amount of char develops, but keep the husks on to keep the kernels protected and moist. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The No-Brainer Corn Salad We’re Eating All Summer," 21 June 2019 Stink bugs take advantage of the moist weather and lush weed cover to produce large numbers of nymphs and adults. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moist

Dictionary Entries near moist

mois

Moissan

moissanite

moist

moist color

moisten

moistful

Statistics for moist

Last Updated

16 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for moist

The first known use of moist was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for moist

moist

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of moist

: slightly or barely wet : not completely dry
: having a lot of moisture in the air

moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

Kids Definition of moist

: slightly wet : damp

Other Words from moist

moistness noun

moist

adjective
\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on moist

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with moist

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for moist

Spanish Central: Translation of moist

Nglish: Translation of moist for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of moist for Arabic Speakers

Comments on moist

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!