Meaning of “wet” in the English Dictionary

"wet" in British English

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uk /wet/ us /wet/ wetter, wettest

wet adjective (NOT DRY)

A2 covered in water or another liquid:

a wet floor
a wet umbrella
wet hair
My bike got wet in the rain.
I had to ride my bike in the rain and got soaking (= very) wet.
informal You poor thing - you're all (= very) wet.

B1 Wet paint, ink, or a similar substance has not had time to dry and become hard:

The paint's still wet.
a notice saying "Wet paint!"

A2 used to describe weather or periods of time when rain falls:

We've had wet weather all week.
This is the first wet day for two months.
The presentation will take place indoors if it's wet.
be wet through

to be completely wet:

Come in quickly - you're wet through.

More examples

  • We got so wet that our clothes clung to us.
  • The tyres on my car don't cope very well on wet roads.
  • Level the wet cement before it sets.
  • My book got wet and all the pages have stuck together.
  • The wood was wet and would not burn.
adverb uk /ˈ us /ˈ
noun [ U ] uk /ˈwet.nəs/ us /ˈwet.nəs/

A lot of the wetness will evaporate before the rain reaches the plant’s roots.

wetverb [ T ]

uk /wet/ us /wet/

to make something wet:

Wet the powder thoroughly and mix to remove lumps.
He wetted a dishcloth and tried to rub the mark away.
wet yourself
wet the/your bed

to urinate in your bed by accident:

She still sometimes wets the bed at night.


uk /wet/ us /wet/ UK

(Definition of “wet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wet" in American English

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wetadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /wet/ -tt-

with liquid in, on, or around something; not dry:

I stepped in a puddle of water and got my shoes wet.

If paint, ink, etc., is wet, it has not had time to dry.

Wet weather is weather with rain.

noun [ U ] us /ˈwet·nəs/

A lot of the wetness will evaporate before the rain reaches the plant’s roots.

wetverb [ T ]

us /wet/ present participle wetting, past tense and past participle wet or wetted

A person, esp. a child, who wets something causes it to become wet by urinating:

He still sometimes wets his bed.

(Definition of “wet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)