Definition of moist adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mɔɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//mɔɪst//
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slightly wet warm moist air a rich moist cake Water the plants regularly to keep the soil moist. Her eyes were moist (= with tears). Synonymswetmoist damp soaked drenched saturatedThese words all describe things covered with or full of liquid, especially water.wet covered with or full of liquid, especially water:The car had skidded on the wet road. You’ll get wet (= in the rain) if you go out now.moist slightly wet, often in a way that is pleasant or useful:a lovely rich moist cakedamp slightly wet, often in a way that is unpleasant:The cottage was cold and damp.soaked (rather informal) very wet:You’re soaked through! (= completely wet)drenched very wet:We were caught in the storm and came home drenched to the skin.soaked or drenched?Both of these words can be used with with or in:soaked/​drenched with/​in sweat/​blood. Soaked but not usually drenched can also be used before a noun:their soaked clothes their drenched clothessaturated very wet:The ground is completely saturated: it would be pointless to plant anything.Patterns wet/​moist/​damp/​soaked/​drenched/​saturated with something soaked/​drenched in something somebody’s coat/​shirt/​shoes/​clothes/​hair is/​are wet/​damp/​soaked/​drenched wet/​moist/​damp/​saturated ground/​earth to get wet/​moist/​damp/​soaked/​drenched/​saturated Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French moiste, based on Latin mucidus ‘mouldy’ (influenced by musteus ‘fresh’, from mustum, neuter (used as a noun) of mustus ‘new’).Extra examples Her skin felt moist and feverish. His fingers were becoming moist with sweat. Keep the atmosphere in your greenhouse slightly moist throughout the spring. Try to keep the soil evenly moist. Her eyes were moist. The warm moist air is perfect for growing fruit trees. a lovely rich moist cake
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