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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Moist
  1. Moderately wet; damp; humid; not dry; as, a moist atmosphere or air." Moisteyes." [Shak.]
  2. Fresh, or new.(Obs)"Shoes full moistand new.""A draught of moistand corny ale." [Chaucer.]

Etymology: OE. moiste, OF. moiste, F. moite, fr. L. muccidus, for mucidus, moldy, musty. Cf. Mucus Mucid

verb Moist
To moisten.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Slightly wet ("a moist breeze" and "eyes moist with tears")

From Middle English moiste (“moist, wet", also "fresh”), from Anglo-Norman moiste and Middle French moiste (“damp, mouldy, wet”), of obscure origin and formation. Perhaps from a late variant of Latin mūcidus (“slimy, musty”) combined with a reflex of Latin mustum (“must”).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Moist

Michelle was given the name Rachael Meyer on November 4th, 1986 in North London.


Paul Moist is a 5th National President of theCanadian Union of Public Employees.


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Popularity of Moist as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Moist U.S.
  White 96.08% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Moist

People with the last name Moist are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Moist

  • How Popular is the name Moist? As a last name Moist was the 48,628th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Moist? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Moist was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Moist: Your name in reverse order is Tsiom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Somit. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Moist? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 434 people with the last name Moist.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Moist? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Moist as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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