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


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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  • simply not a fan of this word.

    March 25, 2012

  • 'Freak him, freak her, whatever your choice

    I didn't come to judge, I just came to get you moist'

    -Missy Elliott

    August 27, 2010

  • The etymologies don't help much. One gives us the impression of some sort of clean, baptismal rebirth: new, fresh. The other claims it derives from mold and mucus. So I guess the resolution is to see moist in the sense of a new and fresh, moldy mucus. (As in, "Hey that's some new mold on that there mucus!")

    November 12, 2009

  • How about a piece of moist cake? There's nothing to hate about that.

    November 12, 2009

  • There are many people who seem to have an aversion to this word, despite having no obscene connotations. For these people, hearing the word causes any number of negative feelings.

    June 27, 2009

  • Yes, I was wondering which one myself, yarb!

    April 20, 2009

  • Your weather forecaster is a poet. "Moist and fairly potent"! Or a pornographer.

    April 20, 2009

  • I just wanted to tell everyone that "a moist and fairly potent complex low pressure system" is moving into this area, according to the latest local weather forecast. So if you hate "moist," don't visit here in the next few days.

    *readying umbrella*

    April 20, 2009

  • An apt offering from Craftastrophe.

    April 5, 2009

  • *smoothes his whiskers into a handlebar mo*

    December 1, 2008

  • A person who practices moism.

    December 1, 2008

  • Reading this comment feed was actually painful for me.

    November 19, 2008

  • You have company. Whine away!

    October 9, 2008

  • Moist is my least favorite word of all time.

    October 9, 2008

  • That sounds more weather-ish to me.

    October 3, 2008

  • For some reason, though my hatred of this word has not abated, I don't mind the word moisture.

    October 3, 2008

  • Haha! Why am I surprised? ;-)

    October 3, 2008

  • There's a Facebook group.

    October 3, 2008

  • Rolig, I think the name is lovely, and so are the sounds (and the spelling!). I wasn't using it as a swear-word-type exclamation.


    Tell your friend her name is beautiful, probably as beautiful as she is. :)

    September 10, 2008

  • Moist doesn't make me gag. It makes me giggle. It just seems inherently ridiculous, and for that I love it.

    Rolig -- I think part of the reason why moisten is sexier than dampen is that dampen doesn't just mean "make wet". It also means something like suppress or reduce.

    September 10, 2008

  • Ooh, lovely, rolig!

    Frog, don't forget that chained could use that word just to throw you off.

    On second thought. . . . No. No, I don't think she'd be able to see her way to doing even that.

    September 10, 2008

  • I have a good friend here named Mojca, so use it with care when you're exclaiming. It's actually a lovely old Slavic name, which originally meant something like "My own darling one" (from moja "my" fem. + ica, a diminutive/affectionate suffix).

    September 10, 2008

  • Rolig: I'm not sure it's the diphthong so much—the examples you cite actually sound like fun, and I've been known to ejaculate "Oy!" quite often—but as I wander through my "favorites" lists (and god knows there are enough of them), I'll keep an eye out. The nasal thing, you're probably right about.

    Mojca! I like that as an exclamation. Mojca!

    September 10, 2008

  • Note to self: If "moist" is ever listed on "Identify the Wordie", it is NOT c_b!

    September 10, 2008

  • Oy, c_b, it seems like it's the oi diphthong you don't like, especially in combination with m and n (nasals). You might have problems in my adopted country, where the most common exclamation (for expressing worry, distress, alarm, shock) is Oj joj! (Oy yoy!) and one of the most common female names is Mojca (pronounced MOY-tsa).

    September 10, 2008

  • This is one of the words that made me realize when I was very young that some words suck. I remember conjuring a sentence made of a bunch of words I didn't like, much to the amusement of an older sister (who still utters said sentence on occasion just to watch me squirm):

    "Would you like a package of moist ointment with your meal at Lemoyne Sleeper? How about some drink?"

    Gah!! They all still bug me.

    September 10, 2008

  • Good thinking. I know I'm going against the crowd, but I really don't dislike the word. I don't love it, but I don't dislike it.

    September 10, 2008

  • This word is going on my Fibrous Words list. I like it. It is what it is. It's not as wet as wet, but is a lot moister, and sexier, than damp. (Compare something that moistens your mood vs. something that dampens your mood.) By the way, in Slovene, the word mojster (pronounced just like "moister") means master, but more than that it means maestro and master craftsman, tradesman, etc. When you're having trouble with your plumbing, you hire a mojster.

    September 10, 2008

  • This does, indeed, seem to be a widely despised word. I do not have that little switch in my mind that makes me gag when I hear it, that so many others seem to.

    August 21, 2008

  • Ew, bilby.

    April 19, 2008

  • I live in moist. It grows on my bloody ceiling, sprouts hairs on the fans and gives me fungus in the *(&^%/! Enough moist!

    April 19, 2008

  • Let's examine some of the lists this is on.

    BAD words, by fluffymoo

    words that make my skin crawl, by minervacat

    Words I Hate, by Magwitch

    Words I Hate, by MacBean

    Words I Absolutely Can NOT Stand., by andrea

    Unspeakables, by roblord

    Words I dislike, by SarahCN

    words i hate, by beccacat

    Words that I hate with the fire of a thousand suns:, by noverb

    Totally Normal Words That Can Make You Squirm, by tjesser

    least favorite words, by neversent

    words I cannot stand, by punky

    Words I Hate, by masonm894

    Words I just don't like at all . . ., by kingofbash

    Hates, by HKNovielli

    Grrrrr, by ElmoAli

    gross., by rhoda

    black listed, by actingsoadultnow

    horribleawfulterrible words, by doublefourtime

    Not fond of, by ashtonhaley

    Hmm, it looks like a lot of people hate this word.

    October 28, 2007

  • Why do people hate this word so vehemently?

    October 28, 2007

  • Maybe you're on the paid subscription page?

    October 12, 2007

  • Ok, why is Flickr/Yahoo asking for my credit-card number?

    October 12, 2007

  • Wait a minute--there's a Wordie Flickr group?? Why didn't someone say something???

    *flipping through photos for good ones*

    October 12, 2007

  • Oh my.

    This reminds me of the Wordie Flickr group, which has been dormant for a while. Good opportunity to let new folks know of its existence and encourage them to join, and inspire us to dig up some good word/text photos for posting.

    October 11, 2007

  • October 11, 2007

  • I had a good laugh reading the titles of the lists where this word ended up. It's like walking out of the courthouse through a jeering crowd of protesters.

    Not that I'd know what that was like.

    October 11, 2007

  • I still say: Eew.

    October 11, 2007

  • Hmm, it was many months ago. I did a lot of extensive "research" on the nets to verify each word. So though I can't recall it specifically now, I'm pretty sure I saw it used that way a couple times. Probably because people are strange, and consider themselves ironic.

    October 11, 2007

  • How did this word make it onto The History of Cool?

    October 11, 2007

  • Edit my previous comment: I would run for the door, but I would not drop my drink.

    October 10, 2007

  • It's part of my new super-duper word-rating scale. Not a favorable score.

    October 10, 2007

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

    October 10, 2007

  • Save it for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    February 21, 2007

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

    February 20, 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

  • 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 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

  • why not try: madefy

    December 20, 2006

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

    December 20, 2006

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

    December 14, 2006

  • 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