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 wetted
Its powder is a light red, and emits an argillaceous odor when wetted.
Pour into a wetted mould, and set in a cool place until firm.The Skilful Cook|Mary Harrison
Anna could no longer control herself, but her cheeks were wetted with the usual signs of feeling in her sex.The Monikins|J. Fenimore Cooper
We were three hours in it, and all wetted, just on reaching camp by 200 yards, of flood mid-deep; but we have food.
One objection to feeding cut hay mixed with ground or crushed grains, and wetted, must not be overlooked during the hot months.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
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)