The crowd at the midnight showing of Veronica Mars was on the verge of wetting itself.
We shipped a sea ourselves, which gave the fore-deck passengers a wetting.
He'll be getting an attack of the shakes in the morning, miss, after all this wetting.
I am going to get pneumonia out of this wetting; but, most likely, I'll be killed anyway in this hill attack, so I should worry!
wetting the woollen material and then rubbing or twisting it.
Through this the water poured as through a sieve, wetting the bedding and soaking the ground upon which they lay.
But a bargain is not like a pond; though I heard the two men talk of 'wetting' the bargain.
"No," answered Freddie slowly, as though he had been thinking that perhaps a wetting in the lake might not be so bad after all.
Then he bent down, and wetting his finger, placed it close to their joined lips.
He made a quick grab for the side of the raft and then he sank down so that the water came over his knees, wetting his trousers.
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.