- 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 moistest
I would never roast a turkey without brining it first—you get the moistest, most flavorful bird ever.Simple Roast Turkey, Shiitake Gravy
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
The third is, the hygroscope, moving the punch, which shews the difference between the moistest and driest airs.The Introduction of Self-Registering Meteorological Instruments
Robert P. Multhauf
They do well alike in mountain pastures and amid the herbage of the moistest plainland.Domesticated Animals
Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
- slightly damp or wet
- saturated with or suggestive of moisture
Word Origin and History for moistest
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.