Wet vs Wetu - What's the difference?

wet | wetu |

As nouns the difference between wet and wetu

is that wet is liquid or moisture while wetu is (us) a dwelling, a domed hut similar to a wigwam, used by some native americans in the northeastern united states, especially the wampanoag.

As an adjective wet

is of an object, etc, covered with or impregnated with liquid.

As a verb wet

is to cover or impregnate with liquid.




  • Of an object, etc, covered with or impregnated with liquid.
  • I went out in the rain and now my clothes are all wet .
  • Of weather or a time period, rainy.
  • It’s going to be wet tomorrow.
  • * Milton
  • wet October's torrent flood
  • Made up of liquid or moisture.
  • Water is wet .
  • (informal) Of a person, ineffectual.
  • Don't be so wet .
  • (slang) Of a woman or girl, sexually aroused.
  • He got me all wet .
  • (slang, of a person) Inexperienced in a task or profession; having the characteristics of a rookie.
  • That guy's wet ; after all, he just started yesterday.
  • (of a scientist or laboratory) Working with chemical or biological matter.
  • (chemistry) Employing, or done by means of, water or some other liquid.
  • the wet extraction of copper, in distinction from dry extraction in which dry heat or fusion is employed
  • Permitting alcoholic beverages, as during Prohibition.
  • * 1995 , Richard F. Hamm, Shaping the Eighteenth Amendment
  • The wet states would be "the greatest beneficiaries" because the amendment would root out the liquor traffic within their cities.
  • (fountain pens and calligraphy) Depositing a large amount of ink from the nib or the feed.
  • * This pen's a wet writer, so it'll feather on this cheap paper.
  • (slang, archaic) Refreshed with liquor; drunk.
  • (Prior)
  • Covered in a sauce.
  • * 2000 , Robert Allen Palmatier, Food: a dictionary of literal and nonliteral terms , page 372
  • A chimichanga (MWCD: 1982) is a burrito that is deep-fried, rather than baked, and is served in the fashion of a wet burrito.
  • * 2005 , Restaurant business , Volume 104, Issues 1-10
  • The new item is its first "wet ," or sauce-topped, burrito.
  • * 2011 , J. Gabriel Gates, Charlene Keel, Dark Territory , page 13
  • But I'm getting the wet burrito.” Ignacio looked down at some sort of a tomato sauce–covered tortilla tube.


    * (covered with liquid) damp, saturated, soaked * (of weather or a day) damp, raining, rainy * (sexually aroused) horny * (made up of liquid) wetting * (ineffectual) feeble, hopeless, useless * (inexperienced) green, wet behind the ears * (burrito) chimichanga


    * (covered with liquid) dry * (of weather or a day) dry * (of a scientist or lab) dry

    Derived terms

    * all wet * wet bar * wet behind the ears * wet blanket * wetland * wet-look * wetware * wetwork

    See also

    * moist


    (en noun)
  • Liquid or moisture.
  • * Milton
  • Now the sun, with more effectual beams, / Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet / From drooping plant.
  • Rainy weather.
  • Don't go out in the wet .
  • (British, pejorative) A moderate Conservative.
  • (colloquial) An alcoholic drink.
  • * 1974 , (GB Edwards), The Book of Ebenezer Le Page , New York 2007, page 60:
  • ‘A pity,’ said Jim, ‘I thought we was going to have a free wet .’


  • To cover or impregnate with liquid.
  • To urinate accidentally in or on.
  • Johnny wets the bed several times a week.
  • To become wet
  • Derived terms

    * wet oneself * wet one's beak * wet one's whistle * wet the baby's head * wetten * wetting




  • (US) A dwelling, a domed hut similar to a wigwam, used by some Native Americans in the northeastern United States, especially the Wampanoag.
  • * 2001 , Donald M. Silver, Patricia J. Wynne, The Pilgrims, the Mayflower & more; grades 1-3 , page 17:
  • Wetus ranged in size between about 10 to 15 feet in diameter. As many as ten people lived inside.
  • * 2003 , Janet Riehecky, The Wampanoag: The People of the First Light , page 13:
  • To make a wetu', the Wampanoag set poles made from cedar saplings into the ground. They bent the poles over and covered them with cattail reeds or bark. A '''wetu''' was either circular or oval. Most ' wetu were about 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters)
  • * 2005 , Janey Levy, The Wampanoag of Massachusetts and Rhode Island , page 22:
  • Wetus' were commonly about 12 feet (3.7 m) wide and 14 to 20 feet (4.3 to 6.1 m) long. Sometimes three or four families shared a single house. These ' wetus could be up to 100 feet (30.4 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide.
  • * 2008 , Frances H. Kennedy, American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook , page 31:
  • In one corner of the village a man is emerging from a sweat-house; in the village's center a child sleeps in a wetu while a little boy on the roof hides from his dog, their only domesticated animal. A woman in mourning speaks to the sachem.

    See also

    (Native American dwellings) ----