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



    BrE BrE//wet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wet//
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  1. 1the wet [singular] wet weather; rain Come in out of the wet. Materials such as cement and plaster must be stored out of the wet. We faced a long, cold walk home in the dark and the wet.
  2. 2[uncountable] liquid, especially water The dog shook the wet from its coat. I could feel the wet of her tears.
  3. 3 [countable] (British English, disapproving) a conservative politician who supports moderate policies rather than extreme ones Tory wets Culture In the context of politics the word wet was used by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to insult the members of her own party who did not agree with some of her more right-wing policies. Later, moderate members of the Conservative Party began to refer to themselves as wets.
  4. 4[countable] (British English, informal, disapproving) a person who lacks a strong character synonym wimp Don’t be such a wet!
  5. Word OriginOld English wǣt (adjective and noun), wǣtan (verb); related to water.
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