\ 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



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 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

Other Words from wet


wetly adverb
wetness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for wet


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective No one knew exactly what to expect after playing on such a wet surface. Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 By the standards of more arid climes, the Northeast is still fairly wet. Kendra Pierre-louis, The Atlantic, 19 Sep. 2022 The children were wet and covered in sand, Ingle said. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 16 Sep. 2022 This nozzle can be attached right onto the hose with no trigger, so prepare to get a little wet. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 If a sprinkler turns on and gets the eggs wet, the egg can survive — unlike the eggs of native pond turtles in Southern California. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 About 50 people showed up at 6 p.m., many of them dripping wet from the thunderstorm blanketing the area. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Aug. 2022 Carex pensylvanica: The shade-loving Carex is native to the Eastern United States and prefers dry conditions; slightly unusual as most Carex (Sedges) prefer wet. Dennis Peck, oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2022 Everyone gets splashed, even soaking wet; some scream with delight; no one falls overboard, though that often happens (why life jackets are required). Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a wet-behind-the-ears engineer designing chips, I was hired by Paine Webber to track semiconductor companies soon after the bull’s birth. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2022 His 1967 Chevrolet Camaro is undeniably quick, but there's one problem: he's never raced it in the wet. Gregory Leporati, Ars Technica, 10 July 2022 Their wide-brimmed, straw Easter bonnets were perfect guards against the wet. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 Next, Greene says, fill the vessel with just enough water to avoid getting the leaf wet. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 That seesaw in weather conditions—from bone dry to sopping wet—is a taste of what’s to come as the Earth heats up, scientists say. Anne C. Mulkern, Scientific American, 27 Oct. 2021 Understanding the catastrophes that preceded Mars’ transition from a wet to a dry planet could offer clues about where the Earth’s own geological future is headed, Coradini said. orlandosentinel.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, then fold in most of the chocolate chips. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 8 Oct. 2021 Bea stared at the flared ends of her trousers, soaking up the wet. Esther Freud, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The biggest problem early on when plants are trying to root into the surrounding soil is a dry root ball or too little moisture to wet the planting site. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Sep. 2022 Many vomit or wet themselves, and some give up flying altogether. Kate Murphy, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Spray bottles, cool packs and ice can also be used to wet and cool down a dog, according to the AKC. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 For removing tough stains on stainless-steel appliances, wet a thick, clean towel with distilled white vinegar that has been brought to a boil. Berit Thorkelson, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2022 For pesky colored candle wax, wet a white terry cloth towel with a small amount of rubbing alcohol and gently dab the stain until the color is removed. Carmen Collins, Country Living, 28 Apr. 2020 The back must stay dry during that entire period, which means no bathing or showering (sponge baths that don't wet the back are allowed). Parizaad Khan Sethi, Allure, 24 Aug. 2022 Barring further catastrophes in that room, Hayden will have a luxury Williams did not in 2020 — a non-conference season in which to wet his feet. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 18 Aug. 2022 For those with natural curls, Taylor also says not to wet your hair for three days. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wet


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wet


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


Middle English weten, from Old English wǣtan, from wǣt, adjective

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\ 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 or wetted; wetting

Kids Definition of wet (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make wet Wet the cloth before wiping.



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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