- 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 moister
All weather is now born into an environment that is warmer and moister because of man-made greenhouse-gas pollution.Earth Day: Discussing the Coming Climate Crisis With Heidi Cullen
April 22, 2012
All weather is under the influence of climate change now because all weather is being born into a warmer, moister environment.The Year of Billion-Dollar Weather
September 1, 2011
It had been dry, and the worms had crawled away to moister places.The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts
Abbie Farwell Brown
They are obliged to do so because they walk more, and because of their moister climate.The Galaxy, May, 1877
If the climate had been moister and cooler, the date could not have flourished at Jericho.Climatic Changes
If a moister product is preferred, omit the lemon-juice and rind.Candy-Making Revolutionized
Mary Elizabeth Hall
The former is more suited to the moister soils and wherever there is danger of root-rot, and the latter to the drier soils.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- slightly damp or wet
- saturated with or suggestive of moisture
Word Origin and History for moister
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.