\ 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

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
wet one's whistle
: to take a drink especially of liquor

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Other Words from wet

Adjective

wetly adverb
wetness 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 It is commonly found in hot, wet regions of the tropics and subtropics during the rainy months. Nectar Gan, CNN, "Singapore is on track to face its worst dengue outbreak in history," 3 July 2020 Pitchers will take a wet rag to the mound in lieu of licking their fingers. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds preparing for their new socially distant reality in preseason camp," 2 July 2020 One man dressed in black was peacefully led away in handcuffs and other demonstrators sat on the wet ground until their small group was handcuffed and detained. Martha Bellisle And Lisa Baumann, The Christian Science Monitor, "Seattle PD clears ‘occupied’ zone, arrests dozens of protesters," 2 July 2020 Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Dulce de Leche Icebox Pie," 1 July 2020 Roasted oysters can be prepared with a quick turn in the oven, or as The Grey’s Mashama Bailey in Savannah, Georgia, does, under wet burlap on a grill. Coastal Living, Southern Living, "4 Delicious Ways to Cook Oysters," 1 July 2020 Much like previous weekends this June, the last weekend will be wet. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: One more day of sunny, warm temps; clouds, rain for weekend," 26 June 2020 Everyone would be wet, and nobody was being serious, but the job eventually always got done. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Stuck at Sea in the Middle of a Pandemic," 26 June 2020 On a work surface, knead by hand until smooth, about 4 minutes, adding sprinkles of flour if the dough is wet. cleveland, "Homemade crackers: Who needs a box?," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Athenian boys must have done that after their baths, the farmer swabbing himself at the trough, and the Aborigine wet from a river—all with that same tender massaging of the sternum. Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 To give it a just-like-new look, refresh air vents with a spritz of compressed air and wipe down the dashboard with a cloth wet with an all-purpose cleaner like Car Guys Super Cleaner. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Car's Interior Like a Pro, Including Dirty Car Seats," 31 Mar. 2020 For much of northern Europe, that was rye, which could stand up to the cold, wet and sometimes unforgiving climate. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 Here, the Sunset Strip gets flooded and populated with dolphins, while the guitarist Slash emerges from the ocean like Botticelli’s Venus, ripping out a solo while soaking wet. Gavin Edwards, New York Times, "15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos," 5 May 2020 How tough can a bird that weighs about a pound soaking wet be? Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Spring ptarmigan surveys can be hard work but well worth the effort — and they’re fun," 3 May 2020 The bordelaise’s mostly cylindrical shape allows it to be stored on its side for aging, keeping its cork wet and maintaining a tight seal that prevents air from intruding. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Unearth Remnants of Lost Scottish Wine-Bottle Glass Factory," 28 Apr. 2020 That said, the fact that toilet paper is flying off shelves has led some folks to turn to alternatives, such as pieces of paper towel or wet wipes. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "America has plenty of toilet paper. The hard part is stocking empty store shelves," 17 Mar. 2020 This stream of wet, warm weather won’t be helpful to mountain snowpack. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: From frosty to soggy, rain through Friday; high 51," 5 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fill a bowl with cool water, dip your fingers to wet them, rub your hands to spread the moisture around, and shake off the excess. Popular Science, "Can’t get waxed? Remove your hair with sugar at home," 19 June 2020 Many are designed to stay cold for a few hours, and once your towel looses its cool ~literally~, just wet it again and give it a snap. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "7 Cooling Neck Wraps to Help You Regulate Your Body Temperature," 19 June 2020 Unable to wet their nets and unsure when the fishery would reopen, Ugashik fishermen bided their time at seasonal camps, looking on as jumpers pocked the water all day long. Miranda Weiss, Wired, "In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run," 13 June 2020 Then, let the cold air slowly freeze it all, taking care to wet your ears and other vulnerable parts with hot water (because an ear freezing contest would be much less fun). Aj Willingham, CNN, "All The Good Stuff that happened this week," 3 Apr. 2020 If any ends need a touch-up, wet your hair and allow the dye to emulsify for the last 3 minutes of your processing time, Ferrera says. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Everyone Is Dyeing Their Hair During Quarantine—Here’s What Stylists Want You to Know," 20 Apr. 2020 Pull them in half with your hands, still smoking, then set them on a large plate before wetting with the best red wine vinegar (the demon) and genuine olive oil (the angel). Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 of the World’s Best Chefs on Ingredients to Spice Up Your Home Cooking," 7 Apr. 2020 Some children will be dry through the night and then wet their Pull-Ups in the morning. New York Times, "How to Stop Bed-Wetting At Night," 17 Apr. 2020 Here, too, abnormally heavy rains wetted the sandy soil enough to allow the females to lay new eggs in January and February. Neha Wadekar, Quartz Africa, "Two new generations of locusts are set to descend on East Africa again—400 times stronger," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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Last Updated

7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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)

British, informal + disapproving : a person who belongs to the Conservative Party and who has moderate or liberal ideas
: 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
\ 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) 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
\ 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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