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[wet] /wɛt/
adjective, wetter, wettest.
moistened, covered, or soaked with water or some other liquid:
wet hands.
in a liquid form or state:
wet paint.
characterized by the presence or use of water or other liquid.
moistened or dampened with rain; rainy:
Wet streets make driving hazardous.
allowing or favoring the sale of alcoholic beverages:
a wet town.
characterized by frequent rain, mist, etc.:
the wet season.
laden with a comparatively high percent of moisture or vapor, especially water vapor:
There was a wet breeze from the west.
  1. intoxicated.
  2. marked by drinking:
    a wet night.
using water or done under or in water, as certain chemical, mining, and manufacturing processes.
something that is or makes wet, as water or other liquid; moisture:
The wet from the earth had made the basement unlivable.
damp weather; rain:
Stay out of the wet as much as possible.
a person in favor of allowing the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages.
Informal: Disparaging and Offensive. a wetback.
verb (used with object), wet or wetted, wetting.
to make (something) wet, as by moistening or soaking (sometimes followed by through or down):
Wet your hands before soaping them.
to urinate on or in:
The dog had wet the carpet.
verb (used without object), wet or wetted, wetting.
to become wet (sometimes followed by through or down):
Dampness may cause plastered walls to wet. My jacket has wet through.
(of animals and children) to urinate.
all wet, Informal. completely mistaken; in error:
He insisted that our assumptions were all wet.
wet behind the ears, immature; naive; green:
She was too wet behind the ears to bear such responsibilities.
wet one's whistle. whistle (def 16).
wet out, to treat (fabric) with a wetting agent to increase its absorbency.
before 900; Middle English wett, past participle of weten, Old English wǣtan to wet; replacing Middle English weet, Old English wǣt, cognate with Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr; akin to water
Related forms
wetly, adverb
wetness, noun
wetter, noun
wettish, adjective
nonwetted, adjective
overwet, adjective, verb (used with object), overwet or overwetted, overwetting.
overwetly, adverb
overwetness, noun
rewet, verb, rewet or rewetted, rewetting.
unwet, adjective
unwetted, adjective
Can be confused
wet, whet.
1. dampened, drenched. 4. misty, drizzling. 7. humid. 10. wetness, humidity, dampness, dankness. 11. drizzle. 14. Wet, drench, saturate, soak imply moistening something. To wet is to moisten in any manner with water or other liquid: to wet or dampen a cloth. Drench suggests wetting completely as by a downpour: A heavy rain drenched the fields. Saturate implies wetting to the limit of absorption: to saturate a sponge. To soak is to keep in a liquid for a time: to soak beans before baking.
1. dry. Unabridged
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Examples for wetter
  • Conditions are humid around the coast but become considerably cooler and wetter toward the mountainous interior.
  • At other times, though, they have seemed to predict a wetter stratosphere.
  • If you've been wondering whether your local summers are warmer or wetter than before, now you can look it up.
  • The plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters-it is cooler and wetter to the north.
  • For example, some will be wetter or icier than others.
  • The others eventually found another, wetter way around.
  • But other innovations could extend evaporative cooling to wetter regions.
  • Warmer, wetter weather there is already fueling an increase in mosquito-borne tropical diseases such as dengue fever.
  • wetter than normal winters also continued to rise following significantly cooler than normal summers.
British Dictionary definitions for wetter


adjective wetter, wettest
moistened, covered, saturated, etc, with water or some other liquid
not yet dry or solid wet varnish
rainy, foggy, misty, or humid wet weather
employing a liquid, usually water a wet method of chemical analysis
(mainly US & Canadian) characterized by or permitting the free sale of alcoholic beverages a wet state
(Brit, informal) feeble or foolish
(informal) wet behind the ears, immature or inexperienced; naive
wetness or moisture
damp or rainy weather
(Brit, informal) a Conservative politician who is considered not to be a hard-liner Compare dry (sense 21)
(Brit, informal) a feeble or foolish person
(mainly US & Canadian) a person who advocates free sale of alcoholic beverages
(Austral) the wet, (in northern and central Australia) the rainy season
verb wets, wetting, wet, wetted
to make or become wet
to urinate on (something)
(transitive) (dialect) to prepare (tea) by boiling or infusing
(informal) wet one's whistle, to take an alcoholic drink
Derived Forms
wetly, adverb
wetness, noun
wettability, noun
wettable, adjective
wetter, noun
wettish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English wǣt; related to Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr, Old Slavonic vedro bucket
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Word Origin and History for wetter
O.E. wæt "moist, liquid," from P.Gmc. *wætaz (cf. O.Fris. wet ). Also from the O.N. form, vatr. All related to water. The verb is O.E. wætan "to be wet." Wet blanket "person who has a dispiriting effect" is recorded from 1879, from use of blankets drenched in water to smother fires (the phrase is attested in this literal sense from 1662). All wet "in the wrong" is recorded from 1923, Amer.Eng.; earlier simply wet "ineffectual," and perhaps ult. from slang meaning "drunken" (c.1700). Wet-nurse is from 1620; wet dream is from 1851; wetback "illegal Mexican immigrant to the U.S." is attested from c.1924, from notion of wading the Rio Grande.
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Slang definitions & phrases for wetter


  1. Permitting or advocating the sale of liquor: This is a wet county (1870+)
  2. Inferior, feeble; stupid and unappealing; wimpish: A man is ''wet'' if he isn't a regular guy (1916+)
  3. Bloody; gory: He's criminally liable even if Willoughby did the wet work (1970s+ Police)
  4. Sexually aroused: Simon is a smoothie who likes to woo women with fast rides: ''The 'vette gets 'em wet''/ Elvis dreamed of belting ''All Shook Up'' for strange, wet women (1940s+)
Related Terms

all wet, get one's feet wet

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