wet

adjective
\ˈwet \
wetter; wettest

Definition of wet 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : consisting of, containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (such as water)

b of natural gas : containing appreciable quantities of readily condensable hydrocarbons

2 : rainy wet weather

3 : still moist enough to smudge or smear wet paint

4a : drunk sense 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 : preserved in liquid

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

7 : overly sentimental

8 British

a : lacking strength of character : weak, spineless

b : belonging to the moderate or liberal wing of the Conservative party

all wet

: completely wrong : in error

wet behind the ears

wet

noun

Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : water also : moisture, wetness

2 : rainy weather : rain

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

4 British : one who is wet

wet

verb
wet or wetted; wetting

Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make wet

2 : to urinate in or on wet his pants

intransitive verb

1 : to become wet

2 : urinate

wet one's whistle

: to take a drink especially of liquor

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Other Words from wet

Adjective

wetly adverb
wetness noun

Verb

wetter \ˈwe-tər \ noun

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Adjective

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 (such 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

Examples of wet in a Sentence

Adjective

a pile of wet clothes Be careful not to slip on the wet floor. My hair is still wet. My shoes got wet when I stepped in the puddle. The grass was wet with dew. Don't touch the paint. It's still wet.

Noun

We stayed out in the wet all afternoon. winced as he walked out into the wet without any protection

Verb

I wet a sponge under the faucet. Avoid wetting the leaves when you water the plant. The morning dew had wet his shoes. The little boy accidentally wet his pants. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This year’s Kentucky Derby was the wettest ever, and Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course could meet a similar fate. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Which Preakness 2018 horses are the best mudders?," 18 May 2018 Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and pour in the wet. Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Jessica Chastain Goes Full Glam While Making Banana Pancakes—and Jennifer Garner Is Here for It," 23 Apr. 2018 The heavy rains associated with Alberto came on the heels of another extended wet period in the mountains that was blamed for closing the Linn Cove Viaduct. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Blue Ridge Parkway has flooding, fallen trees, damaged trails, due to record rainfall," 1 June 2018 Airlines canceled thousands of flights, and school districts throughout the Northeast canceled classes ahead of the storm that's expected to intensify in the afternoon, with heavy, wet snow likely to knock out power across the region. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spring nor'easter targets Northeast with heavy snow; affecting travel," 21 Mar. 2018 This particular Thursday falls into the former category: stormy, wet and dark. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 Seward had a wet and stormy spring, which left the trail muddy and felled a few trees. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon race trail has it all: snow, lush vegetation, flowing water and lots of dust," 3 July 2018 As people wander over, Slater doles out wet, one-armed hugs. Hemal Jhaveri, For The Win, "How Kelly Slater took surfing out of the ocean and onto dry land," 3 July 2018 Because of the wet conditions, the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways. Times Wire Reports, latimes.com, "Golf: Steve Stricker leads hometown PGA Tour Champions event," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sensors do not fail from getting wet, as they are exposed to the elements. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Car wash may have jarred traction control sensor wire loose," 1 Apr. 2018 His 6-foot-6 frame was sopping wet from collecting shopping carts in the parking lot. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "At Toys ‘R’ Us, ‘There Is Nothing Left’: The Day It Closed for Good," 30 June 2018 Laurie Sorsen Becerra, from Sow Low, Ariz., told KSAT her husband Jay found their dog Smokey sopping wet on May 1 and wanted to see what happened. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Watch dog with a 'heart of gold' dive into the water to save his doggy best friend | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 And the verdict is clear: Bryan Furman’s lemon-pepper [wet] chicken checks all the boxes: juicy on the inside, crisp on the outside, flavored with a swoon-worthy balance of salt and pepper and sweet, sweet lemony butter. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "Heaven Is an Entire Lemon-Pepper Chicken Doused in Honey Butter," 14 June 2018 My to-do list is constantly overflowing, like my toilet when my child stuffed it with a bunch of wet wipes. Tracey Helton Mitchell, Woman's Day, "This Is What It's Really Like to be a Mom and a Recovering Heroin Addict," 14 July 2016 Grooming Getting wet is a major part of outdoor fun. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 In trailers that are refrigerated to keep produce fresh, lightly clothed migrants — some sweaty from the trek or wet from the Rio Grande — can freeze. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Border Patrol’s Last Line of Defense? It Isn’t at the Border," 9 July 2018 In trailers that are refrigerated to keep produce fresh, lightly clothed migrants — some sweaty from the trek or wet from the Rio Grande — can freeze. Nicholas Kulish, The Seattle Times, "Human smuggling cat-and-mouse game plays out beyond the U.S.-Mexico border," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Or a child drinking more than usual, starting to wet the bed, or experiencing weight loss, all signs of type 1 diabetes. Daniel R. Taylor, Philly.com, "Medical Mystery: Kids who can't stop going," 1 June 2018 Nevada and Las Vegas had legalized sports betting pretty much to themselves for decades, but soon all the states can wet their beaks with profits from their citizens. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court OKs sports betting: Let the states wet their beaks," 16 May 2018 Every month this year has flipped from dry to wet and back. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "May outlook: It’s the slowest start to spring since 1999, but we are finally turning the corner," 30 Apr. 2018 As a result, blowing dust is more of an issue until monsoon rain helps wet the soil to reduce the problem. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Biggest Arizona monsoon threat early in the season? Dust storms," 6 July 2018 Large or hard poop can fill the rectum and put more pressure on the bladder, which can cause nighttime bed-wetting and even daytime accidents. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 When finished, dispose of fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from buildings until the following day. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "How to Stay Safe While Setting Off Fireworks This July 4th," 4 July 2018 To wet evenly, carefully slide the roll from side to side in the tray so that water flows between the layers. Daniel Bortz, sacbee, "Four home-improvement jobs you can knock out," 15 June 2018 Barley is laid out, wetted, and kept warm, mimicking good growing conditions. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "Americans Are Making Great Single-Malt Whiskey Now," 19 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of wet

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wet

Adjective

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

Verb

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

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The first known use of wet was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for wet

wet

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

wet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

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

the wet : rainy weather

wet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

: to cause (something) to become wet

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

wet

adjective
\ˈwet \
wetter; wettest

Kids Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water) a wet cloth

2 : rainy wet weather

3 : not yet dry wet paint

Other Words from wet

wetness noun

wet

verb
wet or wetted; wetting

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make wet Wet the cloth before wiping.

wet

noun

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

: rainy weather : rain

wet

adjective
\ˈwet \

Medical Definition of wet 

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

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