from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Slightly wet; damp or humid. See Synonyms at wet.
- adj. Filled with or characterized by moisture.
- adj. Tearful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry.
- adj. Fresh, or new.
- transitive v. To moisten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- New; fresh.
- Damp; slightly wet; suffused with wetness in a moderate degree: as, moist air; a moist hand.
- n. Wetness; wet; moisture.
- To make moist; moisten.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. slightly wet
Middle English moiste, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Latin musteus, juicy) of Vulgar Latin *muscidus, alteration of Latin mūcidus, moldy, from mūcus, mucus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English moiste ("moist, wet", also "fresh"), from Anglo-Norman moiste and Middle French moiste ("damp, mouldy, wet"), of obscure origin and formation. Perhaps from a late variant of Latin mūcidus ("slimy, musty") combined with a reflex of Latin mustum ("must"). (Wiktionary)