Simple Definition of whet
: to make (something, such as a person's appetite or curiosity) sharper or stronger
Examples of whet in a sentence
We had some wine to whet our appetites.
The ads are trying to whet booksellers' interest.
Origin and Etymology of whet
Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan; akin to Old High German wezzen to whet, waz sharp
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of whet
WHET Defined for Kids
Definition of whet for Students
1 : to sharpen the edge of by rubbing on or with a stone
2 : to make (as the appetite) stronger
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