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

Idioms

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. 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

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British Dictionary definitions for wet behind the ears

wet

/ (wɛt) /

adjective wetter or wettest

noun

verb wets, wetting, wet or wetted

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 wet behind the ears
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Culture definitions for wet behind the ears

wet behind the ears

Immature, inexperienced, and naïve: “Don't rely on his advice about girlfriends; he's still wet behind the ears.”

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Idioms and Phrases with wet behind the ears

wet behind the ears

Also, not dry behind the ears. Immature, inexperienced, as in How can you take instructions from Tom? He's still wet behind the ears, or Jane's not dry behind the ears yet. This term alludes to the fact that the last place to dry in a newborn colt or calf is the indentation behind its ears. [Early 1900s]

wet

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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