The instructor seemed to be making a point of paying no attention to our wetness.
Now we gave our attention to the wetness of garments, for we were chilled blue.
He felt the chill of the snow under his knees, and its wetness in his cuffs.
The natives, however, impute these defects to the wetness of the season.
He put his hand on it, on its wetness, ready to drop over should his wife come forward.
All beneath the trees is water, and the air is full of warm steam and wetness.
His wetness and the disclosure of his extreme fleshly insignificance appeared to mortify him profoundly.
Extremes of heat or cold, wetness or dryness, are fatal to the pear.
The creature wore some sort of thin skirt whose color had vanished in the blue-black of its wetness.
In the North of Ireland the peasantry pronounce the word witness "wetness."
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.