wet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wet (wet, moistened), wett, wette, past participle of Middle English weten (to wet), from Old English wǣtan (to wet, moisten, water), from Proto-Germanic *wētijaną (to wet, make wet), from Proto-Indo-European *wed- (water, wet) (also the source of water).

Cognate with Scots weit, wete (to wet), Saterland Frisian wäitje (to wet; drench), Icelandic væta (to wet). Compare also Middle English weet (wet), from Old English wǣt (wet, moist, rainy), from Proto-Germanic *wētaz (wet, moist), related to Scots weit, weet, wat (wet), North Frisian wiat, weet, wäit (wet), Saterland Frisian wäit (wet), West Frisian wiet (wet), Swedish and Norwegian våt (wet), Danish våd (wet), Faroese vátur (wet), Icelandic votur (wet).

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Adjective[edit]

wet (comparative wetter, superlative wettest)

  1. Made up of liquid or moisture, usually (but not always) water.
    Synonym: wetting
    Water is wet.
  2. Of an object, etc.: covered or impregnated with liquid, usually (but not always) water.
    Synonyms: damp, saturated, soaked; see also Thesaurus:wet
    Antonym: dry
    I went out in the rain and now my clothes are all wet.
    The baby is wet and needs its nappy changed.
  3. Of a burrito, sandwich, or other food: covered in a sauce.
    • 2000, Robert Allen Palmatier, Food: a dictionary of literal and nonliteral terms, page 372:
      A chimichanga (MWCD: 1982) is a burrito that is deep-fried, rather than baked, and is served in the fashion of a wet burrito.
    • 2005, Restaurant business, Volume 104, Issues 1-10
      The new item is its first "wet," or sauce-topped, burrito.
    • 2011, J. Gabriel Gates, Charlene Keel, Dark Territory, page 13
      But I'm getting the wet burrito.” Ignacio looked down at some sort of a tomato sauce–covered tortilla tube.
  4. Of calligraphy and fountain pens: depositing a large amount of ink from the nib or the feed.
    This pen’s a wet writer, so it’ll feather on this cheap paper.
  5. Of a sound recording: having had audio effects applied.
  6. Of weather or a time period: rainy.
    Synonyms: damp, raining, rainy
    Antonyms: dry, sunny
    It’s going to be wet tomorrow.
    • 1637, John Milton, Comus, London: Humphrey Robinson, p. 32,[1]
      Summer drouth, or singed aire
      Never scorch thy tresses faire,
      Nor wet Octobers torrent flood
      Thy molten crystall fill with mudde,
    • 2020 May 20, Paul Stephen, “NR beats floods to secure tracks to Drax”, in Rail, page 58:
      February 2020 was officially the wettest February on record for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the second wettest (behind 1990) for Scotland.
  7. (aviation) Using afterburners or water injection for increased engine thrust.
    This fighter jet's engine is rated for a maximum wet thrust of 450 kilonewtons, more than twice its max dry thrust, but the afterburner eats up a huge amount of fuel.
  8. (slang) Of a person: inexperienced in a profession or task; having the characteristics of a rookie.
    Synonyms: green, wet behind the ears
    That guy’s wet; after all, he just started yesterday.
  9. (slang, vulgar) (of women) Sexually aroused and thus having the vulva moistened with vaginal secretions.
    Synonyms: horny, moist; see also Thesaurus:randy
    He got me all wet.
  10. (Britain, slang) Ineffectual, feeble, showing no strength of character.
    • 1924, Percy Marks, The Plastic Age, ch. XVII:
      "Wet! What currency that bit of slang has—and what awful power. It took me a long time to find out what the word meant, but after long research I think that I know. A man is wet if he isn't a 'regular guy'; he is wet if he isn't 'smooth'; he is wet if he has intellectual interests and lets the mob discover them; and, strangely enough, he is wet by the same token if he is utterly stupid. He is wet if he doesn't show at least a tendency to dissipate, but he isn't wet if he dissipates to excess. A man will be branded as wet for any of these reasons, and once he is so branded, he might as well leave college … "
    • 2020, Boris Johnson quoted in "Proms row: Johnson calls for end to 'cringing embarrassment' over UK history," by Jim Waterson, The Guardian, Aug. 25, 2020:
      “I think it’s time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness."
    Synonyms: feeble, hopeless, useless, drip
    Don’t be so wet.
  11. (retronym) Permitting alcoholic beverages.
    • 1995, Richard F. Hamm, Shaping the Eighteenth Amendment:
      The wet states would be "the greatest beneficiaries" because the amendment would root out the liquor traffic within their cities.
  12. (slang, archaic) Refreshed with liquor; drunk.
    Synonyms: inebriated, soused; see also Thesaurus:drunk
    • c. 1694, Matthew Prior, “Celia to Damon”
      […] When my lost Lover the tall Ship ascends, / With Musick gay, and wet with Iovial Friends […]
  13. (biology, chemistry) Of a scientist or laboratory: working with biological or chemical matter.
    Antonym: dry
  14. (chemistry) Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid.
    the wet extraction of copper, in distinction from dry extraction in which dry heat or fusion is employed
  15. (slang, euphemistic) Involving assassination or "wet work".
    a wet affair; a wet job; wet stuff

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Terms derived from wet (adjective)

Descendants[edit]

  • Bislama: wet

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Noun[edit]

wet (countable and uncountable, plural wets)

  1. Liquid or moisture.
  2. Rainy weather.
    Don't go out in the wet.
  3. (Australia) Rainy season. (often capitalized)
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, New York: D. Appleton-Century, 1943, Chapter XI, page 186-7, [2]
      They'll be in the camp [] before the Wet's out, mark my words.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 289:
      Once the wet kicks in up north, you can be stranded for months waiting for swollen rivers to subside to a crossable depth[.]
    • 2006, Alexis Wright, Carpentaria, Giramondo 2012, p. 365:
      He said he wanted to beat the clouds gathering, before the Wet had properly settled itself over the plains again.
    • 2015, David Andrew, The Complete Guide to Finding the Mammals of Australia, Csiro Publishing, Appendix B, page 380 [3]
      Northern Australia is tropical and subject to a prolonged wet season (often called simply 'the Wet') that may last from December to April [] . The Wet features high humidity, heavy rain, flooding that can cut off towns and roads for days on end, and, in most years, violent cyclones that cause high seas, widespread damage and sometimes loss of life.
  4. (Britain, UK politics, derogatory) A moderate Conservative; especially, one who opposed the hard-line policies of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.
    Antonym: dry
  5. (colloquial) An alcoholic drink.
    • 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, page 60:
      ‘A pity,’ said Jim, ‘I thought we was going to have a free wet.’
  6. (US, colloquial) One who supports the consumption of alcohol and thus opposes Prohibition.
    • c. 1952-1996, Noah S. Sweat, quoted in 1996
      The drys were as unhappy with the second part of the speech as the wets were with the first half.
  7. (motor racing, in the plural) A tyre for use in wet weather.
    • 2004, Jonathan Noble, Mark Hughes, Formula One Racing For Dummies (page 303)
      Wets, designed to channel water away from underneath the tyres, maximise grip and minimise the chance of aquaplaning.

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Verb[edit]

wet (third-person singular simple present wets, present participle wetting, simple past and past participle wet or wetted)

  1. (transitive) To cover or impregnate with liquid.
  2. (transitive) To accidentally urinate in or on.
    Johnny wets the bed several times a week.
  3. (intransitive) To make or become wet.
  4. (transitive, soldering) To form an intermetallic bond between a solder and a metal substrate.
  5. (transitive, informal) To celebrate by drinking alcohol.
    • 1826, Thomas Bayly Howell, Thomas Jones Howell, A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings
      [He] invited some officers and other gentlemen to dine with him at the Dolphin tavern in Tower street, June 17, 1706, in order to wet his commission []
    to wet the baby's head
  6. Misspelling of whet.
  7. (US, slang) To kill or seriously injure.
    Wet 'em up!

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wet, from Middle Dutch wette, from Old Dutch witat.

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Noun[edit]

wet (plural wette)

  1. law

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Araki[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Bislama wet (wet), from English wet.

Adjective[edit]

wet

  1. (Southwest Santo) wet

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch wet, wette, wit, weet, from Old Dutch witat, witut (rule, law), from Proto-Germanic *witōþą (law). Compare Low German Wet, Old High German wizzid, wizzōd (law, order, will, scriptural ordinance), Middle High German wizzot (law, testament, sacrament), Old Frisian witut, witat (host), Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐍄𐍉𐌸 (witōþ, law).

Noun[edit]

wet f (plural wetten, diminutive wetje n)

  1. law (rule)
  2. law (body of rules declared and/or enforced by a government)
  3. (physics) law
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

wet

  1. first-, second- and third-person singular present indicative of wetten
  2. imperative of wetten

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wet, from Middle Dutch wet, wette, wit, weet, from Old Dutch witat, witut (rule, law).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈwɛt]
  • Hyphenation: wèt

Noun[edit]

wet or wèt

  1. law (rule)
    Synonyms: hukum, undang-undang

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wǣt, wāt, and weten (to wet).

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Adjective[edit]

wet

  1. wet, watery
  2. (weather) wet, rainy
  3. liquid, fluid
  4. damp, moist, waterlogged
  5. (terrain) marshy, boggy
  6. (alchemy, medicine) Something that is considered alchemically wet
  7. teary, weepy
  8. bloody, bloodstained
  9. sweaty, having sweat

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Noun[edit]

wet (plural wetes or weten)

  1. Water or another liquid
  2. wetness; wateriness
  3. (alchemy, medicine) Alchemical wetness
  4. Rain, raininess

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Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

wet

  1. genitive plural of weto

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From English wet.

Adjective[edit]

wet

  1. wet

Etymology 2[edit]

From English wait.

Verb[edit]

wet

  1. wait