The afternoon in the open had whetted their appetites and they enjoyed their meal to the fullest.
The conditions only whetted the Boxers to greater barbarity.
I have a whetted appetite for what Footner will give us next; I feel sure it will be like no other story of the season.
They waited for the hour to come, and whetted the knife before I took it in my hands.
My curiosity was whetted to know whether it was a roast pig or something of a gruesome nature, and I inquired about it.
The more I examined the thing, the more it whetted my curiosity.
Like sheep hounded into their pinfold; bleating for mercy, where is no mercy, but only a whetted knife?
And you'd best take this heavy cutlass which I whetted a-purpose for ye.
But how tired we all were by the time we reached Mrs. G.'s home, where a good dinner was awaiting our whetted appetites!
The blows he had given her on the road had only whetted his passion.
Old English hwettan, from Proto-Germanic *khwatjanan (cf. Old Norse hvetja "to sharpen, encourage," Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wetten, Old High German wezzan, German wetzen "to sharpen," Gothic ga-hvatjan "to sharpen, incite"), from an adjective represented by Old English hwæt "brave, bold," Old Saxon hwat "sharp," from Proto-Germanic *khwataz, from PIE root *qwed- "sharp" (cf. Sanskrit codati "incites," literally "sharpens"). Figurative sense was in Old English.