wet behind the ears

This page is about the idiom wet behind the ears



If someone is wet behind the ears, they don't have much experience of life.

For example

  • He's just finished high school, so he's still wet behind the ears.

  • Joni's still wet behind the ears and doesn't know how to deal with the other girls who tease her, but she'll soon learn.

Origin: Probably a reference to the inexperience of a baby so young as to still be wet from the birth.

Quick Quiz

Young Bobby is still wet behind the ears, but he'll soon

a. be dry behind the ears

b. get some experience

c. make new friends
a) be dry behind the ears b) get some experience c) make new friends

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Contributor: Matt Errey