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wet +‎ -ly


wetly (comparative more wetly, superlative most wetly)

  1. In a wet manner.
    • 1846, Leigh Hunt, Stories from the Italian Poets, London: Chapman & Hall, Volume I, “The Journey Through Hell,” p. 134,[1]
      They lay on one another in heaps, or attempted to crawl about—some itching madly with leprosies—some swollen and gasping with dropsies—some wetly reeking, like hands washed in winter-time.
    • 1916, Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes, The Red Cross Barge, London: Smith, Elder & Co., Part III, Chapter 2, p. 113,[2]
      On a rickety low cart, drawn by a decrepit pony, was a large wooden packing-case on which some well-meaning hand had drawn, in black paint which still gleamed wetly in the sun, a rude cross.
    • 1961, Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, London: Macmillan, Chapter 4,
      She looked back just as closely through her little eyes, with the near-blackmailing insolence of her knowledge. Whereupon he kissed her long and wetly.
  2. (Britain, informal) Ineffectually, feebly, showing no strength of character.
    • 2008, Michael Billington, “Independent Means,” The Guardian, 29 October, 2008,[3]
      Rupert Frazer reveals the hollowness behind the elder Forsyth's tyrannical bluster, while Geoff Breton does all that is possible to reconcile us to his wetly conventional son.
    • 2012, Terence Blacker, “Fifty years after the satire boom, the country needs it more than ever,” The Independent, 27 August, 2012,[4]
      Hypocrisy is all around us: in supermarkets with their fake green credentials, in a wetly liberal BBC, in publishers now falling over themselves to promote pornography, in a Government that wrings its hands about social problems—sport for children, the erosion of the countryside, gambling, greed—while at the same time busily exploiting and exacerbating them.