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.

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Other Words from moist

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

Synonyms for moist

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Inhaling warm, moist air can loosen the mucus in the nasal passages, throat and lungs, and may relieve symptoms of inflamed, swollen blood vessels in the nasal passages. Carmel Kookogey, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Citrus steam cannot kill viruses such as the coronavirus," 26 June 2020 Thunderstorms need warm, moist, unstable air to develop. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Severe storms forecast for much of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee area, during afternoon, evening," 26 June 2020 They will, however, be allowed to carry a moist towelette in their back pocket. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Why MLB’s stringent COVID-19 guidelines will make the return to baseball anything but normal," 25 June 2020 For those moist areas, having this spray handy could work long after mask requirements are gone. Summer Cartwright, PEOPLE.com, "This $9 Hack Prevents Glasses from Fogging While Wearing a Mask," 24 June 2020 With the Arctic warming so rapidly, thunderstorms—which form when warm, moist air rises to meet cold air above—are moving ever farther north. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020 On being sown in moist ground, on the ninth day their decomposition was complete. Scientific American, "Fake News: Wheat Buried with Mummies Can Grow," 17 June 2020 Cristobal's remnants are providing a very moist environment for these storms to thrive. CNN, "Cristobal will move into Canada as widespread severe storms impact the Great Lakes region," 10 June 2020 Then keep an eye on how moist the soil is in your mini garden. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Turn Succulents into Living Artwork With a Creative Dish Garden Design," 12 June 2020

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.

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

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moist. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for moist

moist

adjective
How to pronounce moist (audio)

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

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