from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Slightly wet; damp.
  • adjective Humid.
  • adjective Characterized by considerable rainfall; rainy.
  • adjective Juicy or succulent; not dried out.
  • adjective Tearful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To make moist; moisten.
  • New; fresh.
  • Damp; slightly wet; suffused with wetness in a moderate degree: as, moist air; a moist hand.
  • noun Wetness; wet; moisture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To moisten.
  • adjective Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry.
  • adjective obsolete Fresh, or new.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective slightly wet


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English moiste, from Old French, alteration (influenced by Latin musteus, juicy) of Vulgar Latin *muscidus, alteration of Latin mūcidus, moldy, from mūcus, mucus.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").



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  • Why do so many people hate moist? I love it! take 5

    1. I hate dry mouth

    2. I love turning you on

    3. cracked lips? blah!

    4.Tears of Joy on my cashmere sweater

    5. summer nights, the grass on my tired feat.

    December 6, 2006

  • I really like moist. It is a very moist sounding word

    December 14, 2006

  • The word moist makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

    December 20, 2006

  • why not try: madefy

    December 20, 2006

  • I can't even deal with it. When I go to buy cake mix at the store, I am totally conflicted. Just use the word "fresh" instead of the dreaded "m word." Sick times 20, y'all.

    January 3, 2007

  • It's this love/hate thing that illustrate's moist's loaded nature. It's so evocative. I also like moistened. If I were a pirate my ship would be called the Moistened Wench.

    January 31, 2007

  • I agree with ss6233, to the letter. I don't ever want to buy a product with this word on it. Even if it's supposed to be, you know, a box of Moist. Eeeeyew.

    And "Moistened Wench"? I guess it's a good name for a pirate ship, but if I overheard this phrase at a party, I would drop my drink and literally run for the door.

    January 31, 2007

  • Man, so many people hate this word. Btw, I love the name Moistened Wench!

    February 20, 2007

  • Save it for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    February 21, 2007

  • What does "crufty" mean, or should one never ask that?

    October 10, 2007