wet ADJECTIVE (wetter, wettest) 1) covered or saturated with liquid. 2) (of the weather) rainy. 3) involving the use of water or liquid. 4) (of paint, ink, etc.) not yet having dried or hardened. 5) Brit. informal lacking forcefulness or strength of character; feeble. 6) informal (of an area) allowing the free sale of alcoholic drink.
VERB (wetting; past and past part. wet or wetted) 1) cover or touch with liquid. 2) (especially of a young child) urinate in or on. 3) (wet oneself) urinate involuntarily.
NOUN 1) liquid that makes something damp. 2) (the wet) rainy weather. 3) Brit. informal a feeble person. 4) Brit. a Conservative politician (especially in the 1980s) with liberal tendencies.
wet the baby's head — Cf. ↑wet the baby's head
wet behind the ears — Cf. ↑wet behind the ears
wet one's whistle — Cf. ↑wet one's whistle
DERIVATIVES wetly adverb wetness noun.
ORIGIN Old English, related to WATER(Cf. ↑waterless).

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