verb (used with object), whet·ted, whet·ting.
- a spell of work.
- a while: to talk a whet.
- whet one's appetite,
- whether or not,
Origin of whet
Examples from the Web for whet
To whet your appetite, you can relive that glorious moment (and watch other programs from the 2014 summit) here.
To whet your appetite, here are three heavy-hitting fashion moments happening in the coming days.
And his accessible focus on food will whet the appetite of gourmands and food novices alike.
Just enough evidence had been taken to whet the appetite of the public for more.Pickett's Gap|Homer Greene
Difficulties served to whet Sir Donald's desire for success.Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
Like other unlettered peasants, Gallegos whet their wits on rhyming riddles.Spanish Highways and Byways|Katharine Lee Bates
The master showed him how to weld the bristle, and how to whet, and Mikhyla learned it all at once.
Indeed, it seemed only to whet the appetite, and we both set out on an eager expedition for more food.The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete|General Philip Henry Sheridan
verb whets, whetting or whetted (tr)
Word Origin for whet
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.