moist

moist (adj.) late 14c., "moist, wet; well-irrigated," from O.Fr. moiste "damp, wet, soaked" (13c., Mod.Fr. moite), from V.L. *muscidus "moldy," also "wet," from L. mucidus "slimy, moldy, musty," from mucus "slime" (see MUCUS (Cf. mucus)). Alternative etymology [Diez] is from L. musteus "fresh, green, new," lit. "like new wine," from musteum "new wine" (see MUST (Cf. must) (n.1)). If this wasn't the source, it influenced the form of the other word in Old French. Related: Moistly; moistness.

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  • Moist — Moist, v. t. To moisten. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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