But the season of berries was not yet, so they wetted their parched lips with their tongues and passed on with a sigh.
We passed some of these with wetted feet, but without difficulty.
I wetted my lips with my tongue as I thought it might be my duty to wipe him out.
She had wetted them with her tears, and the twist was strong as a cable.
The reels which are lifted out of the vat are then charged with the yarn, which has been previously wetted out.
Today I am again unwell, for yesterday I wetted my feet, and took a chill.
Tie the goose securely round with a greased or wetted string; and paper the breast to prevent it from scorching.
They were wetted through with the snow; they were cold and hungry.
"Those who have not a roof over their heads will be wetted to the skin," said the good old poet.
If she'd wetted me, I'd have pretty soon shown her battle, as you'd have seen.
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.