\ 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 In a plot twist not often seen in the past few months, Wade actually credits the social climate of the past few months for perhaps helping the brewery get its proverbial feet wet during the course of so many starts and stops. Kelly Dearmore, Dallas News, "Rollertown Beerworks in Celina keeps rolling through the COVID challenges," 19 Oct. 2020 Or was this just getting a young players' feet wet on an easy day? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Dolphins’ Tua makes a cameo vs. Jets — and it had full meaning to his family | Commentary," 18 Oct. 2020 To get your feet wet, head to this popular trail in the winter, when hikers tend to clear out. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "America's Best and Most Beautiful Winter Hikes," 18 Oct. 2020 The weather conditions were clear and the road conditions were wet, according to the report. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, "State police: 2 killed in Lincoln County collision," 12 Oct. 2020 This lasts a good five minutes, until our eyes are wet with laugh tears just as the door swings open. Washington Post, "A mom in the moment, learning to play," 2 Oct. 2020 Fire is hot, rain is wet, and kale cooks down to nothingness. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "How to Stretch Your Greens So They Last All Week Long," 29 Sep. 2020 When the weather is wet, these fungi that grow in the lawn year-round send up mushrooms. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbag: Get rid of dallisgrass while it's young, but mushrooms aren't so bad," 23 Sep. 2020 Fans should expect 2021 to be a good transition year, as some of the Giants’ best prospects get their feet wet in the majors the way Bart did. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: 2020 proved team still can win while waiting for next ‘dynasty’," 7 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pour enough hot water to wet the grounds but not submerge them. Washington Post, "How to make an excellent coffee pour-over and start your day right," 20 Oct. 2020 But those will still wet out in pouring rain, then hang on to that water for long periods of time, keeping you cold. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "How to Layer for Outdoor Dining This Fall and Winter," 14 Oct. 2020 As soup comes to a boil, wet your hands and combine hamburger, eggs, flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Cooler days, fall vegetables in markets stir cravings for hearty, comforting soup recipes," 7 Oct. 2020 If using a latex paint, pre-wet the roller first, says Rothman. Stacy Genovese, Good Housekeeping, "How to Paint a Room in One Day," 10 Sep. 2020 Bass anglers should practice catch-and-release fishing, and wet their hands and handle bass gently when returning them to the water. cleveland, "Lake Erie smallmouth bass a hot topic: NE Ohio fishing report for weekend of Sept. 4-6," 3 Sep. 2020 Auto sprinklers wet the roof for 12 minutes in the early morning and again for 12 minutes in the evening during dry weather. Sunset Magazine, "From the Sunset Magazine Archives: The Roof is a Lawn," 31 Aug. 2020 If desired, rinse the device under cool water to remove traces of alcohol, taking care not to wet any electronic elements, such as the display. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Yes, You Need to Clean Your Thermometer After Each Use—Here's How to Do It Safely," 28 Aug. 2020 Alternatively, an artist may wet the paper before applying the paint. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks," 12 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Time Traveler for wet

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The first known use of wet was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wet. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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