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.
Origin of wet
Synonyms for wet
Antonyms for wet
Related Words for wetmuggy, misty, rainy, soggy, stormy, snowy, soaked, slippery, foggy, dank, sodden, humid, drench, bathe, moisten, hose, dampen, soak, dip, damp
Examples from the Web for wet
Contemporary Examples of 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
Think the Frogtown settlers rinsed their tonsils with something that was “too wet to plow and too thick to drink”?Toledo: The Town Too Tough for Toxic Water
P. J. O’Rourke
August 4, 2014
William slipped into a wet suit and got into the outdoor pool, snorkelling with a group of eight-year-olds.William Tells Dad, "You're Buff, Pa!"
July 9, 2014
Historical Examples of wet
Slept in snow-drift that night in wet clothes, mercury 40 below.
While beer brings gladness, don't forget That water only makes you wet!
He turned her face up to his own again, and softly kissed her wet eyes.
Because the weather was cold and wet, the ceremonies were conducted indoors.
Do, some kind Christian, pump a stroke or two, just to wet my whistle.A Rill from the Town Pump (From "Twice Told Tales")
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)