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

Synonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Whereas many cakes are dry, carrot cake is almost always—pardon the term—moist, due to the carrots involved. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Made BA Staffers Pretty Much Lose Our Minds," 1 May 2018 This method works well with grass of normal height and leaves that are moist to dry but not wet. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Mulch Leaves With a Lawn Mower," 20 Sep. 2018 Be sure the soil is uniformly moist before planting. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Keep plants consistently moist, especially when flowering, as this is when tubers form. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Potatoes," 17 Apr. 2018 The goal is to keep the soil moist but not sopping wet, California Avocados recommends. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow an Avocado Tree From a Pit," 29 Jan. 2019 As far as uses, Detweiler imagines scientific research in areas with moist soil like wetlands. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones Are Drilling Holes Now," 9 Jan. 2019 Research led her to two theories: One is the combination of molasses and oil that lets the cake stay moist for days, allowing spice flavors to develop. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 To find out if this optimization strategy might work more broadly, one of Goldman's graduate students built ant-like robots and programmed them to dig through 3D printed magnetic plastic balls designed to simulate moist soil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants," 20 Aug. 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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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

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