\ 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 moist (audio) \ noun

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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 After a typically moist winter, moss eagerly invades lawns and makes itself at home. oregonlive, "If you mind moss in your lawn, try these preventative measures," 18 Apr. 2021 Keep moist and in a shady to filtered sun location. Tom Maccubbin,, "How and when to fertilize amaryllis," 17 Apr. 2021 It is found only in California in moist coastal forests. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Gorgeous columbines make a spring showcase in bright shade," 16 Apr. 2021 Arsuaga suggests Neanderthals thrived and diversified during the warm, moist interglacial period that started 130,000 years ago. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "DNA from cave dirt tells tale of how some Neanderthals disappeared," 15 Apr. 2021 This allows drippings to pool above the breast, keeping it moist for the entire cooking process. Gregg Ellman, Star Tribune, "Grill a chicken or turkey on this unique rack," 14 Apr. 2021 Suplicy grew up in Brazil, where his architect father discovered a way to dehydrate bananas and turn them into moist, healthy snacks that lasted for months. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Billboard compares singer Anna Vaus to Taylor Swift," 13 Apr. 2021 The moist tissue lining the nasal and mouth are part of the mucosal system, which stretches from there all the way through the gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Next Step in Covid-19 Vaccines May Be Through the Nose," 12 Apr. 2021 Her shoes were still by the door, moist as oysters. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, "The Irish Wedding," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Apr 2021

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“Moist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ ˈmȯist How to pronounce moist (audio) \

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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