\ 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 Keep moist and apply a garden fertilizer in March and again after flowering. Tom Maccubbin,, "Easter lilies will regrow and flower annually," 24 Apr. 2021 These layers are moist, dark, and known to contain methane. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Hungry, Hungry Microbes in Tree Bark Gobble Up Methane," 20 Apr. 2021 The bulbs will not tolerate soil that is dense and heavy, overly moist or too rich. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Four new mystery plants revealed this week," 18 Apr. 2021 Hellebores perform best in partial shade or shade, and in soil that is rich in organic matter, evenly moist and well-drained. Tim Johnson,, "Spring-blooming hellebores are easy to grow in gardens," 10 Apr. 2021 Provide foods that are soft, moist and cut into bite-size pieces. Lauren Harrison,, "Safe Kids Carroll County: Food choices and mealtime behavior can prevent choking," 3 Apr. 2021 Add more broth if necessary to keep lentils moist while cooking. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Scale back with these healthful dishes," 16 Mar. 2021 The original rendition of the bar is good in its own right — moist, dense, brown sugary, with an explosion of flavors and textures. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chewy date bars recipe," 1 Dec. 2020 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

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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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3 May 2021

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“Moist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 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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