Meaning of WET in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ wet ]

( wetter, wettest, wets, wetting, wetted)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

Note: The forms 'wet' and 'wetted' are both used as the past tense and past participle of the verb.


If something is wet , it is covered in water, rain, sweat, tears, or another liquid.

He towelled his wet hair...

I lowered myself to the water’s edge, getting my feet wet...

My gloves were soaking wet...

I saw his face was wet with tears.

≠ dry


• wet‧ly

Her hair clung wetly to her head.

ADV : usu ADV after v

• wet‧ness

Anti-perspirants stop wetness, deodorants stop odour.

≠ dryness



To wet something means to get water or some other liquid over it.

When assembling the pie, wet the edges where the two crusts join...

Fielding nervously wet his lips and tried to smile.

VERB : V n , V n


If the weather is wet , it is raining.

If the weather is wet or cold choose an indoor activity...

It was a miserable wet day.

= rainy

≠ dry


The wet is used to mean wet weather.

They had come in from the cold and the wet...

N-SING : the N


If something such as paint, ink, or cement is wet , it is not yet dry or solid.

I lay the painting flat to stop the wet paint running...

≠ dry



If people, especially children, wet their beds or clothes or wet themselves , they urinate in their beds or in their clothes because they cannot stop themselves.

A quarter of 4-year-olds frequently wet the bed...

To put it plainly, they wet themselves.

VERB : V n , V pron-refl


If you say that someone is still wet behind the ears , you mean that they have only recently arrived in a new place or job, and are therefore still not experienced.

PHRASE : v-link PHR

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