The crowd at the midnight showing of Veronica Mars was on the verge of wetting itself.
We shipped a sea ourselves, which gave the fore-deck passengers a wetting.
But no matter now, for after all a wetting will not wash the skin away, and what must be, must.
I am going to get pneumonia out of this wetting; but, most likely, I'll be killed anyway in this hill attack, so I should worry!
It's vexatious, when one has the wherewithal to pay for wetting his whistle!
Through this the water poured as through a sieve, wetting the bedding and soaking the ground upon which they lay.
The bone was formed by sifting pure smooth earth and wetting it with marrow.
"No," answered Freddie slowly, as though he had been thinking that perhaps a wetting in the lake might not be so bad after all.
Take him forward, men, and let him have all the rum he wants to take off the chill of his wetting.
He made a quick grab for the side of the raft and then he sank down so that the water came over his knees, wetting his trousers.
Old English wæt "moist, liquid," from Proto-Germanic *wætaz (cf. Old Frisian wet ). Also from the Old Norse form, vatr. All related to water (n.1).
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 1660s). All wet "in the wrong" is recorded from 1923, American English; earlier simply wet "ineffectual," and perhaps ultimately from slang meaning "drunken" (c.1700). Wet-nurse is from 1610s. Wet dream is from 1851; in the same sense Middle English had ludificacioun "an erotic dream."
He knew som tyme a man of religion, þat gaff hym gretelie vnto chastitie bothe of his harte & of his body noghtwithstondyng he was tempid with grete ludificacions on þe nyght. ["Alphabet of Tales," c.1450]
Old English wætan "to be wet;" see wet (adj.). Related: Wetted; wetting.