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

Synonyms & Antonyms for whet

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 Spartan fans also will be able to whet their appetite with Madden NFL 22, released Aug. 20. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2021 Authorities are trying to come up with creative ways to whet more skeptical Germans’ appetite for vaccination. Geir Moulson, USA TODAY, 31 July 2021 Authorities are trying to come up with creative ways to whet more skeptical Germans' appetite for vaccination. Geir Moulson, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 There is enough to whet our curiosity here but not to satisfy it. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 This is the second week of the 11 Weeks of The Walking Dead and this time around AMC has released four new Season 11 photos and a season synopsis to whet our zombie-like appetites. Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 June 2021 Wild boar ragu and lobster ravioli are two of Pavilion's signature dishes to truly whet the appetite, but with those jaw-droppingly pretty views as your appetizer -- especially at sunset -- dining al fresco just got even tastier. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 15 July 2021 And the concert may also whet appetites in advance of a New York Philharmonic program planned for the upcoming season. New York Times, 17 June 2021 Maybe these little peaks will whet your appetite to climb the bigger ones. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 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

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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 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for whet

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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