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Princeton's WordNet

  1. damp, dampish, moistadjective

    slightly wet

    "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears"


  1. moistadjective

    Slightly wet; characterised by the presence of moisture, not dry; damp.

  2. moistadjective

    Of eyes: tearful, wet with tears.

  3. moistadjective

    Of weather, climate etc.: rainy, damp.

  4. moistadjective

    Pertaining to one of the four essential qualities formerly believed to be present in all things, characterised by wetness.

  5. moistadjective

    Watery, liquid, fluid.

  6. moistadjective

    Characterised by the presence of pus, mucus etc.

  7. moistadjective

    Sexually lubricated (of the vagina); sexually aroused, turned on (of a woman).

  8. Etymology: From moiste, from moiste and moiste, of obscure origin and formation. Perhaps from a late variant of mucidus combined with a reflex of mustum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MOISTadjective

    Etymology: moiste,moite, French.

    Why were the moist in number so outdone,
    That to a thousand dry they are but one. Richard Blackmore.

    Many who live well in a dry air, fall into all the diseases that depend upon a relaxation in a moist one. Arbuthnot.

    Nor yet, when moist Arcturus clouds the sky,
    The woods and fields their pleasing toils deny. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Moist, To Moistenverb

    To make damp; to make wet to a small degree; to damp.

    Etymology: from moist.

    Write till your ink be dry; and with your tears
    Moist it again; and frame some feeling line. William Shakespeare.

    His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow. Job xxi. 24.

    A pipe a little moistened on the inside, so as there be no drops left, maketh a more solemn sound than if the pipe were dry. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 230.

    When torrents from the mountains fall no more, the swelling river is reduced into his shallow bed, with scarce water to moisten his own pebbles. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. moist

    Moist is a term used to describe something that is slightly wet or damp, often having a high level of humidity or retaining some amount of liquid. This can apply to various contexts such as soil, air, or various types of food.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moistadjective

    moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry; as, a moist atmosphere or air

  2. Moistadjective

    fresh, or new

  3. Moistverb

    to moisten

  4. Etymology: [OE. moiste, OF. moiste, F. moite, fr. L. muccidus, for mucidus, moldy, musty. Cf. Mucus, Mucid.]


  1. Moist

    Moist was a five-piece Canadian alternative rock band that was popular in the mid-to-late-1990s. The band was led by lead singer David Usher, and featured Mark Makoway, Jeff Pearce, Kevin Young and Paul Wilcox.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moist

    moist, adj. damp: humid: juicy: containing water or other liquid.—vs.t. Moist′en, Moist (obs.), to make moist: to wet slightly; Moist′ify, to make moist.—ns. Moist′ness; Moist′ure, moistness: that which makes slightly wet: a small quantity of any liquid. [O. Fr. moiste (Fr. moite)—L. musteus,—mustum, juice of grapes, new wine.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MOIST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Moist is ranked #48628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Moist surname appeared 434 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Moist.

    96% or 417 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moist in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of moist in a Sentence

  1. Hugh Elliott:

    I have you and even if we never meet or ever see each other, we have left our thumbprints in the thick, moist clay of each others lives.

  2. Connor Diver:

    Prestwick is a really terrible place to store an airplane, because it’s cold and wet and rainy and moist, not somewhere you would plan to keep them for a long time. Maybe they were just planning to fix them, but then the other events happened.

  3. Dan Kottlowski:

    The hurricane remains in a very favorable environment for further intensification, including low vertical wind shear, deep moist unstable air and warm water.

  4. Angela White:

    Brains are like sponges... If allowed to remain moist for too long they become moldy.

  5. Bowen Pan:

    Hurricanes need relatively moist conditions and an unstable atmosphere, the Saharan Air Layer is a warm and dry layer that located about 15,000 feet high so basically that will introduce very dry and warm conditions in the north Atlantic, so that will create very stable and unfavorable conditions to hurricanes.

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