- 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.
Origin of whet
Examples from the Web for whetter
Historical Examples of whetter
Hannam, Whetter and I were the only inhabitants of the Hut at the time.
Caruso was brought inside, and, whilst Whetter administered chloroform, McLean sewed up the wound.
Boxes in which Whetter used to carry ice for domestic requirements were as a rule short-lived.
I awakened the others, and Whetter and I got out, leaving Close inside to hang on to the bag.
Hodgeman joined Whetter and Bickerton in preparation for the air-tractor sledge's trip to the west.
- 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
Word Origin for whet
Word Origin and History for whetter
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.