wet

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

Essential Meaning of wet

1 : covered or soaked with water or another liquid : not dry a pile of wet clothes/towels/leaves Be careful not to slip on the wet floor. See More ExamplesMy hair is still wet. My shoes got wet when I stepped in the puddle. The grass was wet with dew. His clothes were dripping/soaking/sopping wet. [=very wet] (Brit) His clothes were wet through. [=completely/very wet]Hide
2 : having a lot of rain : rainy a cold, wet morning wet climates It has been a wet spring. [=it has rained a lot this spring]
3 of paint, plaster, etc. : not yet dry : still moist or sticky wet cement Don't touch the paint. It's still wet.

Full 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 Shoe materials were chosen for fast drying properties, so a wet ride one day doesn't leave the shoes soggy the following morning. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Her feet were bare and dry despite the wet ground beneath her. Grace Kahng, ABC News, 16 Sep. 2021 It was once considered modern to architect this chaos into order, to machine the wet muck of existence into clean lines and hard edges. Matthew Schneier, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 In his blog, Nelsen predicts Portland’s typical wet/cool weather pattern in both spring and fall to cycle through next weekend. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 The extremely wet weather pattern has been a reversal from May and June that were dry and approaching drought status, Hurlburt said. Stephen Singer, courant.com, 13 Sep. 2021 So too can the rapid intensification of Hurricane Ida and unusually wet summers on the east coast. Aryn Baker, Time, 13 Sep. 2021 Given that, and her most recent wet-look raindrop gown that pulled Thierry Mugler out of retirement in 2019, the bar was set high for tonight’s affair. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 On Thanksgiving 1940, the Pioneers beat the Toledo All-Stars, 6-0, before a smattering of wet, shivering fans at Detroit’s Mack Park. Richard Bak, Detroit Free Press, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bottom line is that fleece will help keep your hands warm even when its wet. The Editors, Field & Stream, 2 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 5 Mar. 2021 When the rear end goes, even in the wet, the BRZ slides slowly and progressively. Car and Driver, 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2020 Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, folding into the wet. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 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, 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The winter brought a little rain and snow, but not nearly enough to wet the ground several inches down, Koiyaquaptewa said, where the corn seeds need moisture to thrive. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, 12 Sep. 2021 California used to suffer its most catastrophic wildfires in the autumn, when seasonal winds could push huge blazes like the Camp Fire, and before winter rains arrived to wet the landscape. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 Johnson’s predecessor on the case testified that Noah would wet the bed on the days before or after visiting Juarez and Cuatro, and wail and scream for up to 45 minutes, begging to stay with his great-grandmother. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Lightly wet your palms (this will prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands), then flatten the scooped mixture into circular patties. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2021 To activate the cooling effect, simply wet it and leave it in the fridge for up to 10 minutes. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 21 July 2021 Anglers should remember to wet their hands and release their pint-sized walleye back in the water quickly. D'arcy Egan, cleveland, 8 July 2021 The point of watering plants is to wet the roots and all the soil around the roots. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 July 2021 Method: Use lime to wet half the rim of a Collins glass, then dip rim in spicy BBQ seasoning (or rub). Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 28 June 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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“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for wet

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)
2 : rainy
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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