[ hwet, wet ]
/ ʰwɛt, wɛt /
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verb (used with object), whet·ted, whet·ting.
to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity.
the act of whetting.
something that whets; appetizer or drink.
Chiefly Southern U.S.
- a spell of work.
- a while: to talk a whet.
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Origin of whet
before 900; Middle English whetten (v.), Old English hwettan (derivative of hwæt bold); cognate with German wetzen,Old Norse hvetja,Gothic gahwatjan to incite
OTHER WORDS FROM whetwhet·ter, nounun·whet·ted, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH whetwet, whet
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How to use whet in a sentence
Who knows, maybe Project Runway whetted our appetites for the drama contained within the construction of a sleeve after all.Designer Movies|Renata Espinosa|August 5, 2009|DAILY BEAST
But this one swift achievement only whetted the famished appetite to more creative ardor.The Dragon Painter|Mary McNeil Fenollosa
Between them, it was agreed that there should be no recalling of the past, but the very embargo whetted his appetite.The Woman Gives|Owen Johnson
This whetted afresh the resentment of the thirty tyrants, who caused him now to be condemned to death.
It wud make a nourishin' dish whin ye have whetted ye'er face on a piece iv cuttle fish bone.Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
At the evening meal the appetite is again whetted: and a good appetite always means good gastric juice to digest the369 meal.The Mother and Her Child|William S. Sadler
British Dictionary definitions for whet
/ (wɛt) /
verb whets, whetting or whetted (tr)
to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate
the act of whetting
a person or thing that whets
Derived forms of whetwhetter, noun
Word Origin for whet
Old English hwettan; related to hvæt sharp, Old High German hwezzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic hvatjan
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