Inexperienced; not seasoned; new; just beginning.

Etymology:

  • c. 1850, Pennsylvania, calque from German feucht hinter den Ohren.
  • From the drying of amniotic fluid on a baby after birth, specifically a new-born farm animal, which last dries behind the ears. German variants also borrowed.
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He made a lot of mistakes, back when he was still wet behind the ears.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Wet Behind the EarsYoung, not experienced, immature
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märkä korvien takana

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