whet

verb
\ ˈ(h)wet How to pronounce whet (audio) \
whetted; whetting

Definition of whet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (such as a stone) whet a knife
2 : to make keen or more acute : excite, stimulate whet the appetite whetted her curiosity

whet

noun

Definition of whet (Entry 2 of 2)

1 dialect
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 : something that sharpens or makes keen:
b : appetizer also : a drink of liquor

Other Words from whet

Verb

whetter noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of whet in a Sentence

Verb We had some wine to whet our appetites. The ads are trying to whet booksellers' interest.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Read on for 10 pieces of restaurant news to whet your appetite for April 2022. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2022 Perhaps doing so will further whet your appetite to look into the AI Ethics arena all told. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The taqueros here are masterful at mixing just the right ratio of fat to muscle in their taco meats; the carnitas border on just greasy enough to whet a late night appetite. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Mar. 2022 But there's just enough of the Fremen to whet the appetites of viewers (and the actors themselves) to continue the story. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 Oct. 2021 Starting the promotion of special offers in advance will agitate buyers and significantly whet their appetite. Aleksandr Galkin, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Superstar running back Jonathan Taylor was revealed as a member of the Pro Bowl rosters on Monday, one of just five NFL players revealed early to whet the public’s appetite for the full roster reveal at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the NFL Network. Joel A. Erickson, USA TODAY, 20 Dec. 2021 No spoilers, but King Vizimir’s brief reference to a man named Dijkstra is definitely designed to whet the appetites of longtime Witcher fans. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 Superstar running back Jonathan Taylor was revealed as a member of the Pro Bowl rosters Monday, one of just five NFL players revealed early to whet the public’s appetite for the full roster reveal at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the NFL Network. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bird ecology program has a partial classroom lesson, albeit with examples of woodpeckers, red tailed hawks, saw whet owls, and other birds on permanent display. Denise Coffey, courant.com, 4 Nov. 2019 Threatened and Endangered Raptors: Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. Meet an American kestrel, a peregrine falcon, a whet owl and an eagle and learn what causes raptors to be threatened and endangered, with Horizon Wings. Courant Community, 3 Apr. 2018 The list includes three reds, five whites and four whet-your-palate 2017 pinks. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 Apr. 2018 Your appetite is whet by watching the chef masterly slicing the succulent pork right off the spit; the resulting taco does not disappoint. Olivia Abel, Country Living, 22 June 2017 And a tiny northern saw-whet owl, blind in one eye after crashing into a window, will begin training to be an educational bird. Colorado Springs Gazette, The Denver Post, 21 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of whet

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whet

Verb

Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan; akin to Old High German wezzen to whet, waz sharp

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“Whet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whet. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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whet

verb
\ ˈhwet How to pronounce whet (audio) , ˈwet \
whetted; whetting

Kids Definition of whet

1 : to sharpen the edge of by rubbing on or with a stone
2 : to make (as the appetite) stronger

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