[ wet ]
/ wɛt /
adjective, wet·ter, wet·test.
moistened, covered, or soaked with water or some other liquid: wet hands.
in a liquid form or state: wet paint.
characterized by the presence or use of water or other liquid.
moistened or dampened with rain; rainy: Wet streets make driving hazardous.
allowing or favoring the sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet town.
characterized by frequent rain, mist, etc.: the wet season.
laden with a comparatively high percent of moisture or vapor, especially water vapor: There was a wet breeze from the west.
- marked by drinking: a wet night.
using water or done under or in water, as certain chemical, mining, and manufacturing processes.
something that is or makes wet, as water or other liquid; moisture: The wet from the earth had made the basement unlivable.
damp weather; rain: Stay out of the wet as much as possible.
a person in favor of allowing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. wetback.
verb (used with object), wet or wet·ted, wet·ting.
to make (something) wet, as by moistening or soaking (sometimes followed by through or down): Wet your hands before soaping them.
to urinate on or in: The dog had wet the carpet.
verb (used without object), wet or wet·ted, wet·ting.
to become wet (sometimes followed by through or down): Dampness may cause plastered walls to wet. My jacket has wet through.
(of animals and children) to urinate.
all wet, Informal. completely mistaken; in error: He insisted that our assumptions were all wet.
wet behind the ears, immature; naive; green: She was too wet behind the ears to bear such responsibilities.
wet one's whistle. whistle(def 15).
wet out, to treat (fabric) with a wetting agent to increase its absorbency.
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
SYNONYMS FOR wet
1 dampened, drenched.
4 misty, drizzling.
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.
ANTONYMS FOR wet
wet·ly, adverbwet·ness, nounwet·ter, nounwet·tish, adjective
non·wet·ted, adjectivere·wet, verb re·wet or re·wet·ted, re·wet·ting.un·wet, adjectiveun·wet·ted, adjective
Can be confusedwet whet
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British Dictionary definitions for rewetting
/ (wɛt) /
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
wetly, adverbwetness, nounwettability, nounwettable, adjective
wetter, nounwettish, adjective
Word Origin for wet
Old English wǣt; related to Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr, Old Slavonic vedro bucket
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Idioms and Phrases with rewetting
In addition to the idioms beginning with wet
- wet behind the ears
- wet blanket
- wet one's whistle
- all wet
- get one's feet wet
- like (wet as) a drowned rat
- mad as a hornet (wet hen)
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