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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: moiste, from Latin mucidus 'wet and slippery', from mucus; MUCUS

moist

adjective
     
moist
slightly wet, especially in a way that is pleasant or suitable:
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: WORD CHOICE:

damp, moist, humid
Use 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 greenhouseSee also damp
WORD FOCUS: wet WORD 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

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