Definition 2023






  1. (transitive) to make wet, get wet, dampen, moisten
  2. (transitive, cooking) to water (down)
  3. (transitive, nautical) to cast, drop (anchor)
  4. (transitive, linguistics) to palatalize
  5. (intransitive, nautical) to anchor, lie at anchor
    • 1955, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, 1993 ed., Plon, ISBN 978-2-259-00359-1, chap. IX, p. 90
      Le 10 novembre, Villegaignon mouille dans la baie de Guanabara, où Français et Portugais se disputaient depuis plusieurs années les faveurs des indigènes.
      — On November 10th, Villegaignon anchored in the bay of Guanabara, where for several years the French and the Portuguese had been vying with each other in wooing the natives. — 1973, John & Doreen Weightman (trans.), Tristes Tropiques, 2011 ed., Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0-14-197073-8
  6. (intransitive, slang) to be so frightened as to piss oneself
  7. (intransitive, slang, sex) to be wet
  8. (intransitive, Louisiana) to rain


Derived terms

  • amouillante
  • mouille-bouche
  • mouille-étiquettes
  • amouiller
  • mouillade
  • mouillage
  • mouillasser
  • mouillement
  • mouiller le maillot, mouiller la chemise
  • mouillère
  • mouillet
  • mouillette
  • mouilleur
  • mouilleux

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