all wet


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.
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.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. 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

wetly, adverb
wetness, noun
wetter, noun
wettish, adjective
nonwetted, adjective
rewet, verb, rewet or rewetted, rewetting.
unwet, adjective
unwetted, adjective

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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wet (wɛt)
adj , wetter, wettest
1.  moistened, covered, saturated, etc, with water or some other liquid
2.  not yet dry or solid: wet varnish
3.  rainy, foggy, misty, or humid: wet weather
4.  employing a liquid, usually water: a wet method of chemical analysis
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) characterized by or permitting the free sale of alcoholic beverages: a wet state
6.  informal (Brit) feeble or foolish
7.  informal wet behind the ears immature or inexperienced; naive
8.  wetness or moisture
9.  damp or rainy weather
10.  informal (Brit) Compare dry a Conservative politician who is considered not to be a hard-liner
11.  informal (Brit) a feeble or foolish person
12.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) a person who advocates free sale of alcoholic beverages
13.  (Austral) the wet (in northern and central Australia) the rainy season
vb , wetter, wettest, wets, wetting, wet, wetted
14.  to make or become wet
15.  to urinate on (something)
16.  dialect (tr) to prepare (tea) by boiling or infusing
17.  informal wet one's whistle to take an alcoholic drink
[Old English wǣt; related to Old Frisian wēt, Old Norse vātr, Old Slavonic vedro bucket]

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Word Origin & History

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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Idioms & Phrases

all wet

Completely wrong, mistaken, as in If you think you can beat the system and win at roulette, you're all wet. The original allusion in this expression is unclear, that is, how moisture or dampness is related to wrongness. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

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