- moderately or slightly wet; damp.
- (of the eyes) tearful.
- accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.
- (of the air) having high humidity.
Origin of moist
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Examples from the Web for moist
The moist emotions were at once staged for television and overpoweringly real.Will Meredith Vieira Ever Stop Crying? Her Emotional Daytime TV Debut
September 8, 2014
The moist rectangle of cooked meat and molten blob of cheese are then layered in a hard roll.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.Become a Fried Seafood Believer at South Beach Market
Jane & Michael Stern
April 20, 2014
Its apple-carrot muffin is a moist and comforting treat that tastes like your grandmother baked it especially for you.The Sweet Side of New York City
December 13, 2013
Koestler referred to the “logic of the moist eye” in The Act of Creation.Why Do We Cry?
January 10, 2013
The scent of blood in the moist air had made us wild beasts all.In the Valley
The sixth day of the appointed week was a moist, hot, misty day.Little Dorrit
Not as moist as England; let alone its Institutions,' said the man.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Moist flesh if it chanced to touch iron froze to it momentarily.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
Then from head to foot he was coated with a substance cool and moist.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- slightly damp or wet
- saturated with or suggestive of moisture
Word Origin and History for moist
late 14c., "moist, wet; well-irrigated," from Old French moiste "damp, wet, soaked" (13c., Modern French moite), from Vulgar Latin *muscidus "moldy," also "wet," from Latin mucidus "slimy, moldy, musty," from mucus "slime" (see mucus). Alternative etymology [Diez] is from Latin musteus "fresh, green, new," literally "like new wine," from musteum "new wine" (see must (n.1)). If this wasn't the source, it influenced the form of the other word in Old French. Related: Moistly; moistness.