From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmoistmoist /mɔɪst/ ●○○ adjective WETslightly 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).see thesaurus at damp, wetmoistness noun [uncountable]
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moistWater the plants regularly to keep the soil moist.Beneath the overcast sky the air was hot and moist.Star fruit trees like well-draining, moist and slightly acid soil.The mixture should be slightly moist, but not sticky.It is true that the deep forests are moist, but they are entirely without permanent standing water.a moist chocolate cakeTheir eggs are also laid on moist ground and the males crouch beside them on guard.Just pinch them off and plant in seed compost, which should be kept barely moist in a bright, warm place.Sugar shone on his mouth, spilled as he thrust into the dancers, his moist lips reddened.The moist, mossy smell was soothing.The sandwiches are made with moist slices of chicken breast, topped with various ingredients.
Origin moist (1300-1400) Old French moiste, from Latin mucidus wet and slippery, from mucus; MUCUS