|Origin:||moiste, from Latin mucidus 'wet and slippery', from mucus; MUCUS|
Make sure the soil is moist before planting the seeds.
a rich, moist chocolate cake
warm moist air
Her eyes were moist (=she was almost crying).
—moistness noun [uncountable]WORD CHOICE:
damp, moist, humidUse damp especially to say that something is slightly wet in an unpleasant way • The room was cold and damp.Use moist to say that something is slightly wet in a pleasant way or in the way it should be • She took a mouthful of the delicious moist cake. • rich, moist soilUse humid to talk about the weather or the air when it is slightly wet and makes you feel uncomfortable • the hot humid atmosphere of a greenhouse ➔ See also dampWORD FOCUS: wet
very wet: soaked, drenched
a little wet: damp, moist
wet and soft: soggy
when the air feels wet: humid, damp, muggy
➔ See also wet