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

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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 There will be plenty of ruff-ing the passer leading up to Super Bowl LV Sunday, Feb. 7, when Puppy Bowl XVII will whet your appetite prior to kick off of the big game. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Puppy Bowl XVII live stream (2/7): How to watch online, time, TV info," 7 Feb. 2021 Sipping a bitter, low-alcohol drink before dinner, the logic goes, helps to whet the appetite. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over, Aperol spritz: Sunny, breezy California aperitifs are the chic Millennial's new drink of choice," 5 Feb. 2021 That content won't officially hit Spotify until 2021, but fans of the Sussexes are able to whet their appetites with a holiday special hosted and produced by the couple. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Officially Launched Their Podcast With A Very Cute, Very Special Guest," 30 Dec. 2020 The first job must have trained him to look for the telling detail, the blip in the pattern, and the second to whet the visual appetite, or simply to tolerate the superfluous and the occasionally grotesque. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“How To with John Wilson” Offers a Martian’s-Eye View of Homo Sapiens’ Habits," 14 Dec. 2020 Here are some more coastal edibles to whet your appetite. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 Locally, San Diego State fans would have been able to whet their appetites all morning and early afternoon before tailgating at SDCCU Stadium and then enjoying the Aztecs’ season opener against Sacramento State. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "College football season unlike any other kicks off not with a bang but a whimper," 5 Sep. 2020 Data has indicated that instead of cannibalizing fans, broadcasts of theatrical shows actually may whet an audience’s appetite. USA TODAY, "‘Diana’ musical headed to Netflix as pandemic keeps Broadway stages shuttered," 13 Aug. 2020 Data has indicated that instead of cannibalizing fans, broadcasts of theatrical shows actually may whet an audience's appetite. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Broadway musical 'Diana' to bypass closed stage for Netflix," 12 Aug. 2020 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, "A Lesson Plan For The Birds," 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, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 The list includes three reds, five whites and four whet-your-palate 2017 pinks. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A dozen irresistible warm-weather wines for $20 or less - available in Milwaukee-area stores," 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, "Weekend Getaway Guide: What to Do In Columbus, Ohio," 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, "Raptor center gives Colorado birds of prey a second chance at survival," 21 Jan. 2017

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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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The first known use of whet was before the 12th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Whet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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whet

verb

English Language Learners Definition of whet

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

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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