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 whets
My frog brochure meets that difficulty and whets the appetite of the most mediocre.The Haunted Pajamas|Francis Perry Elliott
Exception, too, may be taken to the statement that a “piquant salad” whets the appetite for wine.Cakes & Ale|Edward Spencer
It has a somewhat pungent taste, but this only whets the appetite of a boy when on a hunt for ground nuts.The Nut Culturist|Andrew S. Fuller
She takes her breasts out of her sark and whets the sword on them.In Northern Mists (Volume 1 of 2)|Fridtjof Nansen
But hunger torments and whets his appetite, so that the bread tasted to him like sauce.Four Arthurian Romances|Chretien DeTroyes
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.