Origin of mist
synonym study for mist
OTHER WORDS FROM mistmistless, adjectivede·mist, verb (used with object)un·der·mist, noun
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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.
How to use mist in a sentence
Fine mist drips from the crowns of evergreens, through the mosses and down into a layer of fragrant duff that shelters an ecosystem of mycelium, bacterial decomposers, and insect aerators.Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Environmentalism - Issue 90: Something Green|Anastasia Bendebury & Michael Shilo DeLay|October 7, 2020|Nautilus
It comes with ten soothing essential oils, including lavender and jasmine, along with an adjustable mist setting.
To operate, you pump the sprayer to release a fine mist, which helps spread the oil evenly on your food.
When you exercise, sweat doesn’t only accumulate on your skin, but it also flies everywhere—think about the fine mist you release every time you swing a kettlebell.Working out at home? Here’s how to keep your house from smelling like a gym.|Harry Guinness|September 3, 2020|Popular-Science
So regions prone to frequent fog and mist — such as San Francisco Bay, mountains or the Arctic — tend to have more fogbows.Explainer: Rainbows, fogbows and their eerie cousins|Matthew Cappucci|May 1, 2020|Science News For Students
In this valley so far away from Syria, questions loom like mist drifting off the Caucasus.
The Spire, like most fountains, has the basics -- Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, Brisk Iced Tea and SoBe Lifewater.
A morning mist hung over everything, clearing occasionally to reveal lone fishermen.
E-cigarettes have never been studied, but inhaling really hot mist into the lung probably will have consequences.Big Tobacco, Not MRSA, Is the Real Problem With E-Cigarettes|Kent Sepkowitz|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until 20 minutes before, the mist had completely obscured whatever stood across the plaza at the 9/11 Memorial.
She set off down Trafalgar Road in the mist and the rain, glad that she had been compelled to walk.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Specimens were easily collected in a mist net placed across the opening.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
For a moment there seemed a sudden light before her eyes, and then a dark mist; in another she recovered herself.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
I have blotted out thy iniquities as a cloud, and thy sins as a mist: return to me, for I have redeemed thee.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
A damp mist rose from the river and the marshy ground about, and spread itself over the dreary fields.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens