Nearby words

  1. westward,
  2. westwardly,
  3. westwego,
  4. westwood,
  5. westwork,
  6. wet amd,
  7. wet bar,
  8. wet behind the ears,
  9. wet blanket,
  10. wet cell


Origin of wet

before 900; Middle English wett, past participle of weten, Old English wǣtan to wet; replacing Middle English weet, Old English wǣt, cognate with Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr; akin to water

1. dampened, drenched. 4. misty, drizzling. 7. humid. 10. wetness, humidity, dampness, dankness. 11. drizzle. 14. Wet, drench, saturate, soak imply moistening something. To wet is to moisten in any manner with water or other liquid: to wet or dampen a cloth. Drench suggests wetting completely as by a downpour: A heavy rain drenched the fields. Saturate implies wetting to the limit of absorption: to saturate a sponge. To soak is to keep in a liquid for a time: to soak beans before baking.

Related forms
Can be confusedwet whet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for all wet


adjective wetter or wettest

moistened, covered, saturated, etc, with water or some other liquid
not yet dry or solidwet varnish
rainy, foggy, misty, or humidwet weather
employing a liquid, usually watera wet method of chemical analysis
mainly US and Canadian characterized by or permitting the free sale of alcoholic beveragesa wet state
British informal feeble or foolish
wet behind the ears informal immature or inexperienced; naive


wetness or moisture
damp or rainy weather
British informal a Conservative politician who is considered not to be a hard-linerCompare dry (def. 21)
British informal a feeble or foolish person
mainly US and Canadian a person who advocates free sale of alcoholic beverages
the wet Australian (in northern and central Australia) the rainy season

verb wets, wetting, wet or wetted

to make or become wet
to urinate on (something)
(tr) dialect to prepare (tea) by boiling or infusing
wet one's whistle informal to take an alcoholic drink
Derived Forms

Word Origin for wet

Old English wǣt; related to Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr, Old Slavonic vedro bucket

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Word Origin and History for all wet
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Idioms and Phrases with all wet

all wet

Completely wrong, mistaken, as in If you think you can beat the system and win at roulette, you're all wet. The original allusion in this expression is unclear, that is, how moisture or dampness is related to wrongness. [Slang; first half of 1900s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with wet

  • wet behind the ears
  • wet blanket
  • wet one's whistle

also see:

  • all wet
  • get one's feet wet
  • like (wet as) a drowned rat
  • mad as a hornet (wet hen)
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