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whet

[ hwet, wet ]

verb (used with object)

, whet·ted, whet·ting.
  1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
  2. to make keen or eager; stimulate:

    to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity.



noun

  1. the act of whetting.
  2. something that whets; appetizer or drink.
  3. Chiefly Southern U.S.
    1. a spell of work.
    2. a while:

      to talk a whet.

whet

/ wɛt /

verb

  1. to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
  2. to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate


noun

  1. the act of whetting
  2. a person or thing that whets
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Derived Forms

  • ˈwhetter, noun
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Other Words From

  • whet·ter noun
  • un·whet·ted adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of whet1

before 900; Middle English whetten (v.), Old English hwettan (derivative of hwæt bold); cognate with German wetzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic gahwatjan to incite
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Word History and Origins

Origin of whet1

Old English hwettan; related to hvæt sharp, Old High German hwezzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic hvatjan
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Example Sentences

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.

Unfortunately, he was afflicted with elephantiasis, and his appearance did not at all tend to whet the edge of our appetites.

And this was as it should be; the intent of that little prologue was merely to whet the appetite for the real play.

Also, to wondering if Nova Scotia air was to whet their appetites this way all the time.

Vermouth and absinthe had been served to whet their appetites, and every one had been at once put into good spirits.

Indeed, it seemed only to whet the appetite, and we both set out on an eager expedition for more food.

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