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whet

verb \ ˈhwet , ˈwet \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of whet

whetted; whetting
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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of whet

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

whet Synonyms

Synonyms
edge, grind, hone, stone, strop, sharpen
Antonyms
blunt, dull
Related Words
file
Near Antonyms
buff, burnish, gloss, polish, round, smooth

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whet

noun

Definition of whet

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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First Known Use of whet

circa 1628

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WHET Defined for English Language Learners

whet

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

verb \ ˈhwet , ˈwet \

Definition of whet for Students

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


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