moist

adjective \ ˈmȯist \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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.

moistly

adverb

moistness

play \ˈmȯis(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of moist in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of moist

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

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 (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

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MOIST Defined for English Language Learners

moist

adjective

Definition of moist for English Language Learners

  • : slightly or barely wet : not completely dry

  • : having a lot of moisture in the air


MOIST Defined for Kids

moist

adjective \ ˈmȯist \

Definition of moist for Students

: slightly wet : damp

moistness

noun

Medical Dictionary

moist

adjective \ ˈmȯist \

medical Definition of moist

1 : slightly or moderately wet
2 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


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