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whet

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verb \ˈhwet, ˈwet\

Simple Definition of whet

  • : to make (something, such as a person's appetite or curiosity) sharper or stronger

Full Definition of whet

whet·tedwhet·ting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (as a stone) <whet a knife>

  3. 2 :  to make keen or more acute :  excite, stimulate <whet the appetite> <whetted her curiosity>

whet·ter noun

Examples of whet

  1. We had some wine to whet our appetites.

  2. The ads are trying to whet booksellers' interest.



Origin 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

Rhymes with whet


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whet

noun

Definition of whet

  1. 1 dial a :  a spell of work done with a scythe between the time it is sharpened and the time it needs to be sharpened again b :  time, while

  2. 2 :  something that sharpens or makes keen: a :  goad, incitement b :  appetizer; also :  a drink of liquor



Circa 1628

First Known Use of whet

circa 1628

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms



WHET Defined for Kids

whet

play
verb \ˈhwet, ˈwet\

Definition of whet

whet·tedwhet·ting

  1. 1 :  to sharpen the edge of by rubbing on or with a stone

  2. 2 :  to make (as the appetite) stronger





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