He took her hand in his and held it as they rolled along through the wetly shining streets.
But even as he spoke, Dummy sobbed once, wetly and loudly, and shambled away up to the bow.
She tilted the cold water on her handkerchief, and dropped it wetly on Adelaides face.
Beside that she had on her nightdress, and a thin silk kimono, both of which were wetly clinging to her slim little body.
In spite of himself Pete gripped the seat as the Grdznth breathed at him wetly through damp nostrils.
Gissing panted, trying hard to keep his tongue from sliding out so wetly.
Old English wæt "moist, liquid," from Proto-Germanic *wætaz (cf. Old Frisian wet ). Also from the Old Norse form, vatr. All related to water (n.1).
Wet blanket "person who has a dispiriting effect" is recorded from 1879, from use of blankets drenched in water to smother fires (the phrase is attested in this literal sense from 1660s). All wet "in the wrong" is recorded from 1923, American English; earlier simply wet "ineffectual," and perhaps ultimately from slang meaning "drunken" (c.1700). Wet-nurse is from 1610s. Wet dream is from 1851; in the same sense Middle English had ludificacioun "an erotic dream."
He knew som tyme a man of religion, þat gaff hym gretelie vnto chastitie bothe of his harte & of his body noghtwithstondyng he was tempid with grete ludificacions on þe nyght. ["Alphabet of Tales," c.1450]
Old English wætan "to be wet;" see wet (adj.). Related: Wetted; wetting.