wet

1 of 3

adjective

wetter; wettest
1
a
: 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
4
a
: 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
wetly adverb
wetness noun

wet

2 of 3

noun

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

3 of 3

verb

wet or wetted; wetting

transitive verb

1
: to make wet
2
: to urinate in or on
wet his pants

intransitive verb

1
: to become wet
2
Phrases
all wet
: completely wrong : in error
wet behind the ears wet one's whistle
: to take a drink especially of liquor
Choose the Right Synonym for 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 (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Always try to apply paint to the next section while the previous area is still wet. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Humans, who lack specialized skin receptors for moisture, also tell when objects are wet largely by how the liquid conducts temperature away from their skin. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 At the time of the crash, the road was wet from rain, although it was not known if the crash was weather-related. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 Its tiled walls and floors are wet with condensation. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 Rain started to fall in the metro area close to 2 p.m. on Sunday and by the time the telecast ended and guests started to funnel out, the scene surrounding Crypto.com Arena was wet, windy and wild. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Feb. 2024 While this winter season has been wet, California’s precipitation has not produced nearly as much snow as the previous water year, according to The Sacramento Bee’s latest drought update. Angela Rodriguez, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 A lot of its moisture may get stripped away by the mountains, but some patchy light rain or wet snow is possible after midnight. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2024 The dynamic storm is running into just enough cold air to help change the rain to wet snow, especially in the higher elevations. Daniel Amarante, ABC News, 28 Jan. 2024
Noun
But doing my yard work with the hat wet was a blessing. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 The spa also offers a state-of-the-art wet therapy room, a dry sauna and a Chromotherapy Steam Room, a rejuvenating Halotherapy Salt Room, a whirlpool, a spa-specific outdoor pool, a fabulous brow and lash bar and a tranquil lounge space. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 14 May 2023 Dripping wet, Staats grabbed some tools and climbed atop SAM’s pressure controller. Jessica Camille Aguirre, Harper's Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 The full wet also features a softer compound than the dry tires. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 For the actual hair, hairstylist Edward Lampley is creating a spectrum of wet-to-dry looks. Vogue, 12 Feb. 2023 But the heavy rains seemed to break for much of Southern California by noon, even offering a glimpse of sunshine after a wet and at times dangerous morning. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 The process of getting the washcloth wet is entertaining enough, but the actual outcome is a bizarro sight to see. Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2013 As a wet-behind-the-ears engineer designing chips, I was hired by Paine Webber to track semiconductor companies soon after the bull’s birth. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022
Verb
The photographer took photos of Lasha and then Cosby asked her to wet her hair and put on a robe, the suit says. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 When the robot vacuum encounters carpets and rugs, the mopping pad gets lifted to avoid wetting your carpets. Chuong Nguyen, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2023 Rock Hard Rod wets his pants in public and insults their boss (William H. Macy). Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2024 Spray your gardenias according to label directions with horticultural oil, making sure to wet both the tops and undersides of the leaves, as well as the stems. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 25 Jan. 2024 Some kids are regressing to wetting their beds or are missing normal developmental markers. Siobhán O'Grady, Heidi Levine and Serhii Korolchuk, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2023 To use it, the brand recommends wetting the brush, applying the solution directly to the bristles, and then gently scrubbing your jewelry clean. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 25 Dec. 2023 If left untreated, AMD can lead to wet AMD and rapid vision loss. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, 8 Sep. 2023 Then step into the shower and completely wet the hair and emulsify. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

wet

1 of 3 adjective
wetter; wettest
1
: containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water)
2
: rainy
wet weather
3
: not yet dry
wet paint
wetly adverb
wetness noun

wet

2 of 3 noun
1
2
3
: rainy weather : rain

wet

3 of 3 verb
wet or wetted; wetting
1
: to make or become wet
2
: to urinate in or on
wet his pants

Medical Definition

wet

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

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