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adjective,moist·er, moist·est.
  1. moderately or slightly wet; damp.

  2. (of the eyes) tearful.

  1. accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.

  2. (of the air) having high humidity.

Origin of moist

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English moiste, from Middle French; connected with Latin mūcidus “musty, moldy”; see mucid

synonym study For moist

1. See damp.

Other words for moist

Opposites for moist

Other words from moist

  • moistful, adjective
  • moistless, adjective
  • moistly, adverb
  • moistness, noun
  • o·ver·moist, adjective
  • sem·i·moist, adjective

Words that may be confused with moist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use moist in a sentence

  • The climate was probably much moister but not colder than what it is now, possibly warmer.

  • The Roughish Poa (P. trivialis) prefers this moister soil, and it will grow so vigorously that it will kill out the other kind.

    The Romance of Plant Life | G. F. Scott Elliot

British Dictionary definitions for moist


/ (mɔɪst) /

  1. slightly damp or wet

  2. saturated with or suggestive of moisture

Origin of moist

C14: from Old French, ultimately related to Latin mūcidus musty, from mūcus mucus

Derived forms of moist

  • moistly, adverb
  • moistness, noun

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