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
Rhymes with whet
bet, debt, fret, get, het, jet, let, Lett, met, net, pet, ret, set, stet, sweat, Tet, threat, vet, wet, yet
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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