adjective Etymology: Middle English moiste, from Anglo-French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *muscidus, alteration of Latin mucidus slimy, from mucus nasal mucus Date: 14th century 1. slightly or moderately wet ; damp 2. tearful 3. characterized by high humidity Synonyms: see wetmoistly adverbmoistness noun

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  • moist — moist; moist·en; moist·en·er; moist·ful; moist·i·fy; moist·ish; moist·less; moist·ly; moist·ness; semi·moist; un·moist; …   English syllables

  • Moist — describes the presence of moisture. It may also refer to: In music: Moist (Canadian band), a five piece Canadian alternative rock band that was popular in the mid to late 1990s Moist (folk rock band), a band based in Brighton, England, which… …   Wikipedia

  • moist — [ mɔıst ] adjective 1. ) slightly wet: These plants do best in fertile, moist soil. moist apple cake warm, moist air Her skin felt moist. a ) used about eyes that are slightly wet with tears: Her eyes were red and moist. 2. ) used about a region… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Moist — Moist, a. [OE. moiste, OF. moiste, F. moite, fr. L. muccidus, for mucidus, moldy, musty. Cf. {Mucus}, {Mucid}.] 1. Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry; as, a moist atmosphere or air. Moist eyes. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Fresh, or new. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moist — [mɔıst] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: moiste, from Latin mucidus wet and slippery , from mucus; MUCUS] slightly wet, especially in a way that is pleasant or suitable ▪ Make sure the soil is moist before planting the seeds. ▪ a rich …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moist — mȯist adj 1) slightly or moderately wet 2 a) marked by a discharge or exudation of liquid <moist eczema> b) suggestive of the presence of liquid used of sounds heard in auscultation <moist rales> …   Medical dictionary

  • moist — [moist] adj. [OFr moiste < VL * muscidus, altered (prob. infl. by L musteus, of new wine, fresh < mustum,MUST3) < L mucidus, moldy < mucus,MUCUS] 1. slightly wet; damp 2. suggestive of the presence of liquid [a moist sound] 3. tearful …   English World dictionary

  • Moist — Moist, v. t. To moisten. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moist — est un groupe de rock alternatif et hard rock canadien formé de cinq membres, rendu populaire vers le milieu des années 1990. David Usher y était chanteur, Mark Makoway le guitariste, Jeff Pearce le bassiste, Kevin Young au clavier ainsi que Paul …   Wikipédia en Français

  • moist — (adj.) late 14c., moist, wet; well irrigated, from O.Fr. moiste damp, wet, soaked (13c., Mod.Fr. moite), from V.L. *muscidus moldy, also wet, from L. mucidus slimy, moldy, musty, from mucus slime (see MUCUS (Cf. mucus)). Alternative etymology… …   Etymology dictionary

  • moist — *wet, damp, humid, dank Contrasted words: *dry, arid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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