wet

adjective
\ 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
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

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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 Florida-bound from the chilly Midwest on a $99 flight with a wine tasting on board, then a couple of days of getting wet and sunburned on the beach. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, "Front-page friends: Beach buddies’ bond has lasted half a century," 7 May 2021 Clayton Kershaw, his hair wet on a frigid afternoon, blankly stared ahead from his seat in the Dodgers’ dugout Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Cubs sweep doubleheader from the Dodgers," 5 May 2021 But if the pile gets too wet, there won't be enough oxygen for the microbes to complete their work. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, "8 Common Composting Mistakes You're Probably Making (and How to Fix Them)," 5 May 2021 Troopers describe the conditions at the time of the crash as cloudy and wet. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Troopers: Tractor-trailer crosses centerline, fatally striking Cabot man," 4 May 2021 Heavy rainfall over the already wet ground will cause flash flooding in some neighborhoods. Janice Dean, Fox News, "National weather forecast: US to see more severe storms," 4 May 2021 If too wet, add up 1/4 cup more breadcrumbs and mix to combine. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Stuffed mirlitons give Alaska spot prawns a Louisiana-inspired kick," 29 Apr. 2021 Use your finger or a wooden skewer to test how wet the soil is before watering. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Properly Care for an Aloe Vera Plant," 29 Apr. 2021 And during the times between river-forming climates, was Mars’ surface cold and dry, or was the soil occasionally wet (like a desert on Earth today)? Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, "High-Altitude Clouds Likely Enabled Early Lakes And Rivers On Mars," 28 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The other thing to consider is that low rolling resistance usually means a smoother tire with few grooves — great for dry riding, but slippery in the wet. Bob Beacham, chicagotribune.com, "The best folding bike tire," 10 Apr. 2021 This cordless wet/dry vac even comes with a washable HEPA filter system that traps 99.97% of dust particles, according to the brand. Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Wet/Dry Vacuums to Effortlessly Clean Up Debris in Minutes," 5 Mar. 2021 When the rear end goes, even in the wet, the BRZ slides slowly and progressively. Car and Driver, "2013 Subaru BRZ First Drive," 18 Nov. 2020 The Paul campaigns of 2008 and 2012 were a kind of joyous carnival uniting wet-behind-the-ears college kids and weirdo goldbugs alike. Kevin Mahnken, The New Republic, "The Libertarian Moment That Never Comes," 2 Nov. 2020 The agency, in more or less continual crisis mode, is represented by Eric Ladin as flight director Chris Kraft, Patrick Fischler as Space Task Group Director Robert Gilruth and Jackson Pace as Glynn Lunney, just a kid wet behind the ears. cleveland, "Disney’s ‘The Right Stuff’ is an object lesson in how not to remake a classic," 9 Oct. 2020 Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, folding into the wet. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Some like it not. A Rosh Hashanah honey cake for the less enthusiastic," 17 Sep. 2020 For best results, it should be watered in after application and then go through a normal wet-to-dry period. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Corn gluten meal is the pre-emergent herbicide you want this fall," 8 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Water can invade your gear in more ways than just through rain; camping on a beach, for instance, often involves heavy fog, which will wet out down insulation. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Car-Camping Starter Kit," 2 May 2021 They were advised to wet the paintbrushes with their mouths to achieve a fine tip needed to precisely paint the numbers. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Landmarks: Two Southland productions highlight the tragic story of Illinois women whose company killed them with radium," 18 Apr. 2021 Toss well to wet the cabbage pieces evenly with the salt water. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "From Seoul to Ellicott City: Whether you buy it or make it, kimchi is a staple of Korean cuisine," 12 Apr. 2021 This forces Ginny to the locker room to wet it and fix it when the brushing totally ruins her curls. Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Ginny & Georgia Season 1," 3 Mar. 2021 Use a cup to wet your dog rather than a shower sprayer. Start with wetting and sudsing her back legs first. Give lots of treats. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "How Often Should You Wash Your Dog?," 7 Mar. 2021 Now, flip the stone over, wet the surface, and hone the blade’s cutting edge to super-sharpness by drawing its beveled edge across the fine-grit side of the stone. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen Any Pair of Dull Scissors," 5 Mar. 2021 Just wet your brush and lightly drag it across the soap. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "I Tried ‘Soap Brows’ and My Eyebrows Have Never Looked Fluffier," 24 Dec. 2020 Working with a few wonton wrappers at a time, lay them out on a work surface and wet around the edges. Star Tribune, "Wonton Noodle Soup is a satisfying way to start the new year," 6 Jan. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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)

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

wet

adjective
\ 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

wet

adjective
\ 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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