: slightly or moderately wet : damp
I love cookies when they are moist and chewy.
: tearful
the eyes of both of us … were moist with the joy of successJack London
: characterized by high humidity
Fog is formed when warm moist air moves over a cold surface.
moistly adverb
moistness noun
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.
Recent Examples on the Web During a La Niña, rising moist air along the equator in the western Pacific is enhanced, juicing up thunderstorm activity. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 1 June 2024 Worsen respiratory conditions: High humidity can exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma and allergies by promoting the growth of mold, dust mites, and bacteria, according to Cutler, who added that the thick, moist air can trigger breathing trouble and symptoms. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 30 May 2024 As moist air from the Gulf of Mexico flows into the area, partly sunny skies will gradually become cloudy, according to the weather service. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 30 May 2024 Bake only until the cake springs back and a wooden pick inserted comes out clean to keep your cake moist. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for moist 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Moist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moist. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: slightly or moderately wet
moist earth
: characterized by high humidity
moistly adverb
moistness noun

Medical Definition


: slightly or moderately wet
: marked by a discharge or exudation of liquid
moist eczema
: suggestive of the presence of liquid
used of sounds heard in auscultation
moist rales

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