adjective, wet·ter, wet·test.
- marked by drinking: a wet night.
verb (used with object), wet or wet·ted, wet·ting.
verb (used without object), wet or wet·ted, wet·ting.
- wet amd,
- wet bar,
- wet behind the ears,
- wet blanket,
- wet cell
Origin of wet
Examples from the Web for wet
If those dry counties get wet, those border stores could find their revenue drying up.
A September poll found 79 percent of likely voters “believe that counties should decide for themselves whether to be wet or dry.”
Hassan's eyes are red and wet, but you can't tell if it's tears or just sweat.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Think the Frogtown settlers rinsed their tonsils with something that was “too wet to plow and too thick to drink”?
William slipped into a wet suit and got into the outdoor pool, snorkelling with a group of eight-year-olds.
Suddenly she perceived that her dress was wet with perspiration and grimy with dust.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly|Hamlin Garland
She wrote lines that leaped with laughter and words that were wet with tears.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
The fact of his penury had been like a wet blanket upon him all day.The Man Who Lost Himself|H. De Vere Stacpoole
When Jemima comes back, I shall send her up to help you, and clear all the wet things away.Mollie's Prince|Rosa Nouchette Carey
But the dear, honest, old fellow's paws are wet, and will ruin your pretty new pelisse.Helen|Maria Edgeworth
adjective wetter or wettest
verb wets, wetting, wet or wetted
Word Origin for wet
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.
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)