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Alternative forms[edit]


be- +‎ moisten



bemoisten (third-person singular simple present bemoistens, present participle bemoistening or (archaically or poetically) bemoist'ning, simple past and past participle bemoistened or (archaically or poetically) bemoisten'd)

  1. (transitive) Make moist.
  2. (intransitive, rare) Become moist.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Bemoisten, v.” listed on page 794 of volume I (A–B) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1885]
      Bemoisten (bĭmoi·s’n), v. [f. Be- pref. 1, 2 + Moisten v.] Hence Bemoi·stened ppl. a. [¶] 1.trans. To make moist. [¶] 1590 Lodge Euphues’ Gold. Leg. in Halliw. Shaks. VI. 20 First time shall stay his staylesse race..And snow bemoysten Julies face. 1820 Combe (Dr. Syntax) Consol. vi. (D.) Wiping her bemoisten’d eye. [¶] 2.intr. To become moist. rare. [¶] 1821 Clare Vill. Minstr. I. 57 With tears the while bemoist’ning in his eye.
  • bemoisten, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]