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whet

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verb \ˈhwet, ˈwet\

Definition of whet

whetted

;

whetting

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

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

whetter

noun

Examples of whet in a Sentence

  1. We had some wine to whet our appetites.

  2. 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


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whet

noun

Definition of whet

  1. 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 againb :  time, while

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

First Known Use of whet

circa 1628

Other Alcoholic Beverage Terms



WHET Defined for English Language Learners

whet

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verb

Definition of whet for English Language Learners

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


WHET Defined for Kids

whet

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verb \ˈhwet, ˈwet\

Definition of whet for Students

whetted

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whetting

  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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