\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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Updraft: The rising of warm, moist air creates a low-pressure zone, pulling in more air from nearby areas, which also moistens and rises. Douglas Fox, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form? Disaster Science Explained," 10 Sep. 2018 Replace the lid, but don’t seal it. Maintain the soil at 70 degrees and moist to the touch, watering only when the soil dries. Sharon Tregaskis, Good Housekeeping, "The Easiest Way to Grow Ginger at Home," 29 July 2018 If moss happens to be growing and thriving, then this indicates that the garden conditions are shaded, cool and moist. Tim Johnson,, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 2018 The duck was perfectly crispy outside and moist within, all of it fall-off-the-bone tender., "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 How far those mold roots are able to penetrate depends on how dry or moist your cheese is. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "What Kind of Mold Is Okay on Cheese, and What Kind...Isn’t?," 27 Apr. 2018 Barely cover seeds with soil, and keep moist (not soggy) until germination, then transplant outdoors after risk of frost is past. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Basil," 25 Apr. 2018 However, even if the soil is moist, other factors can cause or worsen leaf scorch, Yiesla said. Beth Botts,, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018 Sure enough, the skinless chicken breasts hadn’t held up particularly well to the roasting, and were pretty dry, but the thighs, even without the skin, were moist and flavorful. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Chrissy Teigen and I Would like You to Try This Sheet-Pan Meal," 29 June 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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