WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
moist /mɔɪst/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est. 
  1. slightly wet;
    damp:a moist rag.
  2. (of the eyes) tearful:His eyes grew moist.
moist•ly, adv. 
moist•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
moist  (moist),USA pronunciation adj.  -er, -est. 
  1. moderately or slightly wet;
  2. (of the eyes) tearful.
  3. accompanied by or connected with liquid or moisture.
  4. Meteorology(of the air) having high humidity.
moistful, adj. 
moistless, adj. 
moistly, adv. 
moistness, n. 
  • Middle French; connected with Latin mūcidus mucid
  • Middle English moiste 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dank. See  damp. 
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dry.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

moist /mɔɪst/ adj
  1. slightly damp or wet
  2. saturated with or suggestive of moisture
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, ultimately related to Latin mūcidus musty, from mūcus mucus

ˈmoistly adv ˈmoistness n

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