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
Examples from the Web for wetly
Historical Examples of wetly
He took her hand in his and held it as they rolled along through the wetly shining streets.The Dull Miss Archinard
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
But even as he spoke, Dummy sobbed once, wetly and loudly, and shambled away up to the bow.Wilderness of Spring
Beside that she had on her nightdress, and a thin silk kimono, both of which were wetly clinging to her slim little body.The Room with the Tassels
In spite of himself Pete gripped the seat as the Grdznth breathed at him wetly through damp nostrils.PRoblem
Alan Edward Nourse
She tilted the cold water on her handkerchief, and dropped it wetly on Adelaides face.Winona of the Camp Fire
adjective wetter or wettest
verb wets, wetting, wet or wetted
Word Origin for wet
Old English wætan "to be wet;" see wet (adj.). Related: Wetted; wetting.
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]
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)