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2 marked by or abounding with rain
  • a wet and dreary day

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3 being under the influence of alcohol
  • designated a driver so the others could get wet and make it home safely at the end of the night

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4 appealing to the emotions in an obvious and tiresome way
  • things get more than a little wet during the opera's big death scene

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Synonyms & Antonyms of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

a steady falling of water from the sky in significant quantity
  • winced as he walked out into the wet without any protection

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Synonyms & Antonyms of wet (Entry 3 of 3)

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Frequently Asked Questions About wet

How is the word wet distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of wet are damp, dank, humid, and moist. While all these words 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

When is it sensible to use damp instead of wet?

The meanings of damp and wet largely overlap; however, damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture.

clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place

When can dank be used instead of wet?

While the synonyms dank and wet are close in meaning, dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness.

a prisoner in a cold, dank cell

Where would humid be a reasonable alternative to wet?

In some situations, the words humid and wet are roughly equivalent. However, humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air.

a hot, humid climate

In what contexts can moist take the place of wet?

The words moist and wet are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry.

treat the injury with moist heat

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

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“Wet.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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