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whet Syllabification: whet

Definition of whet in English:

verb (whets, whetting, whetted)

[with object]
1Sharpen the blade of (a tool or weapon): she took out her dagger and began to whet its blade in even, rhythmic strokes
More example sentences
  • Using the clear water from the pool, Mo Ye and Gan Jiang whetted swords on this stone to hone their cutting-edges.
  • Timothy whetted the knife he used to butcher the goats.
1.1Excite or stimulate (someone’s desire, interest, or appetite): here’s an extract to whet your appetite
More example sentences
  • A house suited for quiet family life but within an hour of Dublin whets the appetite of country loving commuters.
  • Just to whet our appetites, and to make us more appreciative of history in the making.
  • I hope I've whetted your appetite without giving away too many details, so that you will consider picking up this book yourself - after all, it's out in paperback at the beginning of February.
stimulate, excite, arouse, rouse, kindle, trigger, spark, quicken, stir, inspire, animate, waken, fuel, fire, activate, tempt, galvanize


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A thing that stimulates appetite or desire: he swallowed his two dozen oysters as a whet


( rare)
Example sentences
  • The action of the lower tushes rubbing against the upper whetters is called ‘whetting.’
  • The tusks on the barrs that I have seen are very thick and seem to hold up fine with the whetters intact.
  • An adjustment device automatically varies the positions of the knife so that the knife engages the whetter more or less constantly.


Old English hwettan, of Germanic origin; related to German wetzen, based on an adjective meaning 'sharp'.

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