If wetter were listening, he must have smiled at the peal of laughter that rang out from me over the terrace.
Nan could not have been any wetter if she had gone in swimming.
Boxing-day will inevitably be "wetter" in every sense than usual this year, internally and externally.
A wetter "wet blanket" it has never been my fortune to encounter.
It requires considerable soil moisture, though it does not grow in the wetter swamps, and does not thrive on dry pine land.
I walked a few yards along the street to where wetter lived.
What the plague had I and wetter been grumbling and snarling at down there on the river?
I turned to the Countess; wetter was already half-way to the door.
Now that this terrible weather has come upon us, and every day is wetter and sadder than the last, she has collapsed entirely.
wetter led me downstairs and out into the street at a rapid pace.
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.