verb (used with or without object)
- to make or become moist.
Origin of moisten
Related formsmoist·en·er, nouno·ver·mois·ten, verbpre·mois·tened, adjectivere·mois·ten, verbsu·per·mois·ten, verb (used with object)un·mois·ten, verb (used with object)
First recorded in 1570–80; moist
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Examples from the Web for moistener
Historical Examples of moistener
"I can't talk at all pretty quick if I don't git a moistener," said Fred piteously.
An old ink bottle filled with water and with some cotton stuffed in the neck serves as a moistener for the binding.
A moistener for postage stamps or envelopes can be easily made from a screw-top jar.
British Dictionary definitions for moistenerDerived Formsmoistener, noun
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Word Origin and History for moistener
1610s, agent noun from moisten (v.).
1570s, from moist + -en (1). Related: Moistened; moistening. The earlier verb was simply moist (early 14c.), from Old French moistir.
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