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

Choose the Right Synonym for wet

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

This was mainly due to a largely muted monsoon season, and that now has a large chunk of the state under abnormally dry conditions despite a wet winter and spring. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado summer finishes hotter and drier than average," 12 Sep. 2019 El Niños have tended to tilt the odds in favor of a wet winter in Southern California, and La Niñas tilt the odds toward dry. Robert Krier, San Diego Union-Tribune, "August weather recap: Temperatures just right," 3 Sep. 2019 Yes, this year featured a wet winter — usually good news for fire officials. Julie Cart, The Mercury News, "What to know as California’s peak fire months loom," 30 Aug. 2019 While a very dry winter and spring in prairie grassland regions of Canada saw wetlands there decline 22 percent from 2018 figures, falling to 19 percent of the long-term (1961-2018) average, a very wet winter and spring farther south made up for it. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Teal hunters await answers to 2 key questions," 21 Aug. 2019 The next day was CILT Initiation, a good-natured hazing of first-year CILTies that involved silly costumes, silence, and somehow getting wet by the end of the day. Katy Hershberger, Longreads, "Losing My Religion at Christian Camp," 8 Aug. 2019 But according to a new Heal the Bay report card, ocean pollution has surged once again at some Southern California beaches because of an unusually wet winter and the effects of the massive Woolsey fire. latimes.com, "Today: Across the Democratic Divide," 27 June 2019 Channel your inner billionaire by booking one of the suites at the Hotel Cala di Volpe and remember to pack the kind of bikinis that were never designed to actually get wet for its ultra-exclusive beach club. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in August," 26 June 2019 But be prepared to get wet: much of the trail is through waist-high water. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Zion National Park," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fallen often pause on the walk back, still dripping wet, to shout encouragement at the next contestant. Los Angeles Times, "An inside look at the subculture of athletes who have devoted their lives to ‘American Ninja Warrior’," 22 Aug. 2019 The newspaper reported that a 2015 coastal cleanup across the country found nearly 4,000 wet wipes on coastlines – roughly 50 for every kilometer. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "You're probably using disposable wipes wrong. How to avoid harming the planet, the sewers," 26 Feb. 2018 El Niño occurs when surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific are above-average, usually resulting in wet and cool conditions across the southern tier of states, with good snow for Colorado’s southern resorts. John Meyer, The Know, "Sorry, skiers, but we’re probably not going to have another epic snow year," 12 Sep. 2019 His black tennis shoes are soaking wet and the bottom of his feet have pruned and turned bright white. Finding Joe Murphy, Freep.com, "Joe Murphy, Red Wings' No. 1 pick, is homeless again — and refusing help," 8 Aug. 2019 The company said yesterday (July 15) that the program allows users to scan waste items using the cameras on their smartphones and informs them which category—wet or dry, recyclable or harmful waste—the trash belongs to. Jane Li, Quartz, "In China, facial-recognition technology is being deployed to take out the trash," 16 July 2019 On Tuesday morning, a man with a brownish wet cigarette stuck to his lip stumbled from the gas station into the street. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "For some D.C. students, the challenges outside school far exceed the ones inside," 3 Sep. 2019 Those planning to celebrate the end of summer with barbecues Sunday or Monday may get a little wet. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Shower chances possible for Labor Day, cold front follows," 1 Sep. 2019 These plastic shreds, or chips, were rinsed after being separated and were sometimes loaded wet onto Wiley Sanders trucks for transport. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama trucking company to pay $3 million over lead leaks in California," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Once, there were three bears that lived in a dark, wet cave up above a small town. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Keri Russell faces terrifying creatures in deeply unsettling Antlers trailer," 20 Aug. 2019 The Jones boys live on Fowl River and love to wet their hooks trolling around offshore wrecks. Michael Dumas, al.com, "Fishing rodeo features big fish, crowds and smooth seas," 20 July 2019 Trolling anglers will face big schools of the youngsters, and should take care to wet their hands and gently release the baby walleye. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie’s fish of the future have arrived: Aug. 16 Fishing Report," 16 Aug. 2019 The downpour selectively wetted the metro area, with the Portland International Airport area receiving most of the onslaught and other areas receiving barely any rainfall at all. oregonlive.com, "Saturday was Portland’s second-rainiest day of the year, beat only by mid-January downpour," 11 Aug. 2019 These cells are wetted by false tear ducts (dark blue). Scientific American, "Ballistic Maggots, Synthetic Winks and Why You’re Not Goop: This Week’s Best Science GIFs," 9 Aug. 2019 Since May 29, the 4-year-old has been having nightmares and is wetting the bed, and Ames, whose car was impounded, has been limping and is without transportation to get to work, the claim stated. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "After a 4-year-old took doll from store, video shows Phoenix police pulling gun on parents," 15 June 2019 Since then, other videos have begun circulating showing groups of laughing children and teenagers in New York wetting police officers with squirt guns or buckets of water after officers got too close to water fights. David B. Caruso, The Denver Post, "President Trump calls drenching of NYPD officers “unacceptable”," 25 July 2019 With some internal turmoil, the camp persisted for six weeks that wet and muddy spring, before being forced off the Mall by police in late June. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019

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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

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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