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.
- whet·ter, noun
- un·whet·ted, adjective
- wet, whet
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How to use whet in a sentence
Provocatives of drink were called "shoeing horses," "whetters," "drawers off and pullers on."The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
British Dictionary definitions for whet
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
- whetter, noun
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