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 wettingdrench, bathe, moisten, hose, dampen, soak, dip, damp, saturate, sprinkle, wash, spray, splash, douse, steep, irrigate, rinse, souse, deluge, water
Examples from the Web for wetting
Contemporary Examples of wetting
The crowd at the midnight showing of Veronica Mars was on the verge of wetting itself.A Fan Night Out: The Return of Veronica Mars
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of wetting
Or is he afraid of wetting his fine golden-stringed sandals?Tanglewood Tales
But no matter now, for after all a wetting will not wash the skin away, and what must be, must.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Your lips are made yet more attractive by wetting with wine!The Middle Class Gentleman
It's vexatious, when one has the wherewithal to pay for wetting his whistle!The Downfall
Anyway, other sensitive souls around him were wetting their handkerchiefs.L'Assommoir
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)