verb (used with object), whet·ted, whet·ting.
- a spell of work.
- a while: to talk a whet.
Origin of whet
Examples from the Web for whetted
The little tastes of apple that he got only whetted his appetite.Johnny Bear|E. T. Seton
This dissuasion only whetted the controversial appetite, and off set Philip with his Polyglot Bible under his arm.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
And you'd best take this heavy cutlass which I whetted a-purpose for ye.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Thy vengeance and that of Germany whetted the sacred sword, and one heroic hand after the other wielded the irresistible steel.The Thirty Years War, Complete|Friedrich Schiller
This whetted Blair's interest even more, and after "repeated importunity" he persuaded Macpherson to translate more fragments.Fragments Of Ancient Poetry|James MacPherson
British Dictionary definitions for whetted
verb whets, whetting or whetted (tr)
Word Origin for whet
Word Origin and History for whetted
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.