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adjective \ˈwet\

Simple Definition of wet

  • : covered or soaked with water or another liquid : not dry

  • : having a lot of rain

  • of paint, plaster, etc. : not yet dry : still moist or sticky

Full Definition of wet


  1. 1 a :  consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water) b of natural gas :  containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons

  2. 2 :  rainy <wet weather>

  3. 3 :  still moist enough to smudge or smear <wet paint>

  4. 4 a :  drunk 1a <a wet driver> b :  having or advocating a policy permitting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages <a wet county> <a wet candidate>

  5. 5 :  preserved in liquid

  6. 6 :  employing or done by means of or in the presence of water or other liquid <wet extraction of copper>

  7. 7 :  overly sentimental

  8. 8 British a :  lacking strength of character :  weak, spineless b :  belonging to the moderate or liberal wing of the Conservative party

wet·ly adverb
wet·ness noun
all wet
  1. :  completely wrong :  in error

wet behind the ears

Examples of wet

  1. a pile of wet clothes

  2. Be careful not to slip on the wet floor.

  3. My hair is still wet.

  4. My shoes got wet when I stepped in the puddle.

  5. The grass was wet with dew.

  6. Don't touch the paint. It's still wet.

Origin of wet

Middle English, partly from past participle of weten to wet & partly from Old English wǣt wet; akin to Old Norse vātr wet, Old English wæter water

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of wet

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (as paint) not yet dry <slipped on the wet pavement>. damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture <clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place>. dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness <a prisoner in a cold, dank cell>. moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry <treat the injury with moist heat>. humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air <a hot, humid climate>.

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Rhymes with wet




Simple Definition of wet

  • : a person who belongs to the Conservative Party and who has moderate or liberal ideas

  • the wet : rainy weather

Full Definition of wet

  1. 1 :  water; also :  moisture, wetness

  2. 2 :  rainy weather :  rain

  3. 3 :  an advocate of a policy of permitting the sale of intoxicating liquors

  4. 4 British :  one who is wet

Examples of wet

  1. We stayed out in the wet all afternoon.

  2. <winced as he walked out into the wet without any protection>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of wet

before 12th century




Simple Definition of wet

  • : to cause (something) to become wet

  • : to make (a bed or your clothes) wet by urinating

Full Definition of wet

wet or wet·tedwet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make wet

  3. 2 :  to urinate in or on <wet his pants>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become wet

  6. 2 :  urinate

wet·ter play \ˈwe-tər\ noun
wet one's whistle
  1. :  to take a drink especially of liquor

Examples of wet

  1. I wet a sponge under the faucet.

  2. Avoid wetting the leaves when you water the plant.

  3. The morning dew had wet his shoes.

  4. The little boy accidentally wet his pants.

  5. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself.

Origin of wet

Middle English weten, from Old English wǣtan, from wǣt, adjective

First Known Use: before 12th century

Medical Dictionary


adjective \ˈwet\

Medical Definition of wet

  1. :  marked by the presence or abundance of fluid (as secretions or effusions) <the wet form of age-related macular degeneration>

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February 6, 2016

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