Definition of whet in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɛt

verb (whets, whetting, whetted)

[with object]


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



More 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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