moist

adjective
\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

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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Best successor to moist, the worst word on the planet: Undergirds. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "The Kavanaugh Hearings, Day 2: If He Doesn't Make the Supreme Court, He'd Make a Great Real Housewife," 5 Sep. 2018 Learn more about growing these versatile shade garden plants: How to Grow Hostas Plant hostas in evenly moist, humus-rich soil in light to full shade. Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Stunning Hostas," 7 Aug. 2018 Stay hydrated, keep burns clean and moist, and watch out for any sign of infection. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "A Visual Guide to Identifying First-, Second- and Third-Degree Burns," 6 Aug. 2018 In the wake of this activity, moist, tropical air is to remain in place, bringing a lingering chance of isolated storms through Sunday night. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 Keep figs moist, feed lightly and maintain a mulch to avoid summer fruit drop. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn thinning out beneath a cluster of trees? Too much shade could be wreaking havoc," 10 July 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 \

Kids Definition of moist

: slightly wet : damp

Other Words from moist

moistness noun

moist

adjective
\ˈmȯist \

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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