\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \
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



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 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

Other Words from wet


wetly adverb
wetness noun

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
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First Known Use of wet


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


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


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

History and Etymology for 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


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

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More Definitions for wet


\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \
wetter; wettest

Kids Definition of wet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : containing, covered with, or soaked with liquid (as water)
2 : rainy
3 : not yet dry wet paint

Other Words from wet

wetness noun


wet or wetted; wetting

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make wet Wet the cloth before wiping.



Kids Definition of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

: rainy weather : rain


\ ˈwet How to pronounce wet (audio) \

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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