Definition of wet adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    wet

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//wet//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wet//
     
    (wetter, wettest) Other geographic regions, Describing geographic regions, Rain
     
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  1. 1  covered with or containing liquid, especially water wet clothes wet grass You'll get wet (= in the rain) if you go out now. Try not to get your shoes wet. His face was wet with tears. We were all soaking wet (= extremely wet). Her hair was still dripping wet. My shirt was wet through (= completely wet). Synonymswetmoist damp soaked drenched saturatedThese words all describe things covered with or full of liquid, especially water.wet covered with or full of liquid, especially water:The car had skidded on the wet road. You’ll get wet (= in the rain) if you go out now.moist slightly wet, often in a way that is pleasant or useful:a lovely rich moist cakedamp slightly wet, often in a way that is unpleasant:The cottage was cold and damp.soaked (rather informal) very wet:You’re soaked through! (= completely wet)drenched very wet:We were caught in the storm and came home drenched to the skin.soaked or drenched?Both of these words can be used with with or in:soaked/​drenched with/​in sweat/​blood. Soaked but not usually drenched can also be used before a noun:their soaked clothes their drenched clothessaturated very wet:The ground is completely saturated: it would be pointless to plant anything.Patterns wet/​moist/​damp/​soaked/​drenched/​saturated with something soaked/​drenched in something somebody’s coat/​shirt/​shoes/​clothes/​hair is/​are wet/​damp/​soaked/​drenched wet/​moist/​damp/​saturated ground/​earth to get wet/​moist/​damp/​soaked/​drenched/​saturated
  2. 2  (of weather, etc.) with rain a wet day a wet climate It's wet outside. It's going to be wet tomorrow. It was the wettest October for many years. The weather will be wet and windy in the south. See related entries: Other geographic regions, Describing geographic regions, Rain
  3. 3  (of paint, ink, etc.) not yet dry Keep off! Wet paint.
  4. 4if a child or its nappy / diaper is wet, its nappy / diaper is full of urine
  5. 5(British English) (of a person) (informal, disapproving) lacking a strong character synonym feeble, wimpish ‘Don't be so wet,’ she laughed. More Like This Consonant-doubling adjectives big, drab, fat, fit, flat, hot, mad, red, sad, wetSee worksheet.
  6. Word Origin Old English wǣt (adjective and noun), wǣtan (verb); related to water.Extra examples It’s still a little wet outside. Mind you don’t get your feet wet. The grass was wet with dew. The weather may turn wet later on in the week. We got soaking wet just going from the car to the house. We were wet through and cold. permanently wet conditions Her hair was still dripping wet. My shirt was wet through. The car had skidded in the wet road. We were all soaking wet. What’s the best thing to do with young children on a wet day? You’ll get wet if you go out now.Idioms (North American English, informal) completely wrong (especially North American English, informal) to start doing something that is new for you At that time he was a young actor, just getting his feet wet.
    (still) wet behind the ears
     
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    (informal, disapproving) young and without much experience synonym naive He was still wet behind the ears, politically.
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