wet vs. whet

What is the difference between wet and whet?

Wet has the general meaning of “full of or covered with moisture” or “to cover or fill with moisture.” Whet, on the other hand, has the very specific meaning “to sharpen or hone” or “to stimulate, enhance, or make more keen.” For example:
  • “My clothes were wet with perspiration.”
  • “He wet the cloth with cold water and applied it to the child’s forehead.”
  • “She whet the edge of the blade against the stone.”
  • “Here are a few hors d'oeuvres to help whet your appetite.”

Spelling Tricks and Tips

To remember the difference in spelling, keep in mind that whet means sharpen, and both have H as their second letter.
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