verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Origin of mist
OTHER WORDS FROM mistmist·less, adjectivede·mist, verb (used with object)un·der·mist, noun
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Definition for mist (2 of 2)
Origin of mist.
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does mist mean?
Where does mist come from?
Recorded in Old English, a mist is a kind of vapor (i.e., small particles of liquid, typically water, suspended in the air or atmosphere). It also commonly refers to weather conditions, like a light fog, or to mist created by such things as spray bottles and haze machines.
Often, though, we talk and write about mist figuratively. Dating all the way back to Old English, mist could describe cloudy eyes … and cloudy minds. If you’re all misty, as another example, your eyes might have a far-away look or be wet with tears.
In the 1990s, the smoke from a crack-cocaine pipe was also referred to as mist. By 1995, a strain of marijuana was developed called Kali Mist, known for its uplifting, slightly hallucinogenic properties.
In the 1980s in the UK, the expression Scotch mist was used to refer to someone who was drunk: it rhymes with pissed, a British expression for drunk. It’s also possibly a reference to the real weather condition of Scotch mist, the fog that rolls out across the countryside there.
In the 1990s, Scotch mist was also used in UK slang to refer to someone vanishing. Speaking of Scottish English, mist was once used as a (rare) alternative spelling of the verb missed.
How is mist used in real life?
These days, a Scotch mist most often refers to the literal weather phenomenon.
Proper Scotch mist out there. Waiting for a giant hound to bound across the moor *cough* road. pic.twitter.com/gPkISg1l6k
— Scotch Mist (@ScotchMist31) December 24, 2018
But occasionally, getting misted is used as an expression to refer to getting drunk, perhaps as from Canadian Mist whiskey. In UK slang, mist sometimes refers to someone who is really wound-up and energetic.
— jennyMUA (@gingarosewood) August 6, 2016
Some folks continue to use, deliberately or by mistake, the homophone mist for missed.
Did you mist me? hehehehe pic.twitter.com/YuxycwFG7T
— Austin Palado (@austinpalladium) November 7, 2017
More examples of mist:
“Kali Mist, a mild, earthy strain famous for its glorious trichomes, is an everyday strain meant to inspire motivation and mental clarity.”
—The Witches of Weedswick, Leafly, August 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for mist
In this valley so far away from Syria, questions loom like mist drifting off the Caucasus.
Until 20 minutes before, the mist had completely obscured whatever stood across the plaza at the 9/11 Memorial.
The blankness had invited the mind to think back to mornings before September 11, when the mist had concealed the twin towers.
The great emancipator is featured sparingly, emerging dramatically through the mist at the top of the ad.Abe Lincoln Burnishes His Brand Through Comedy Routines and Ads (Video)|The Daily Beast Video|February 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Clearing away some of the mist starts with straightening the record.
As they neared the shore, a landing-stage, or low jetty, of sunk piles disengaged itself from the mist.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A mist rose before her eyes, and though they thought she listened she understood nothing of what was passing.Count Hannibal|Stanley J. Weyman
Suddenly a mist gathered before his eyes, and he felt himself being carried up into the air also.The Fairy Ring|Various
Had some keen eye seen those shadowy forms dropping through the mist?The Courage of Captain Plum|James Oliver Curwood
The mist bank and the heavy fall of dew had so moistened things that the fire crept but slowly.The Young Wireless Operator--As a Fire Patrol|Lewis E. Theiss