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whet  (hwĕt, wĕt)
tr.v. whet·ted, whet·ting, whets
1. To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
2. To make more keen; stimulate: The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
n.
1. The act of whetting.
2. Something that whets.
3. Informal An appetizer.

[Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan.]

whet (wɛt)
vb (tr) , whets, whetting or whetted
1. (General Engineering) to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
2. to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate
n
3. (General Engineering) the act of whetting
4. a person or thing that whets
[Old English hwettan; related to hvæt sharp, Old High German hwezzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic hvatjan]
ˈwhetter n
whet (ʰwɛt, wɛt)

v. whet•ted, whet•ting,
n. v.t.
1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
2. to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity.
n.
3. the act of whetting.
4. something that whets; stimulus, esp. an appetizer or drink.
[before 900; Old English hwettan (derivative of hwæt bold); c. Old High German hwazzan, Old Norse hvetja to sharpen, Gothic gahwatjan to entice]
whet′ter, n.
Thesaurus Legend:  Synonyms Related Words Antonyms
Verb1.whet - make keen or more acute; "whet my appetite"
excite, stir, stimulate - stir feelings in; "stimulate my appetite"; "excite the audience"; "stir emotions"
2.whet - sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstonewhet - sharpen by rubbing, as on a whetstone
sharpen - make sharp or sharper; "sharpen the knives"

whet
verb stimulate, increase, excite, stir, enhance, provoke, arouse, awaken, animate, rouse, quicken, incite, kindle, pique a delicious aroma which whetted our appetites
stimulate depress, dull, suppress, blunt, subdue, stifle, numb, smother, dampen, deaden
Translations
whet [wet] VT [+ tool] → afilar, amolar; [+ appetite, curiosity] → estimular, despertar

whet hwɛt] vt [+ appetite] → aiguiser

whet
vt knife, scythewetzen; axeschleifen, schärfen; appetite, curiosityanregen

whet [wɛt] vt (tool) → affilare; (appetite, curiosity) → stuzzicare

whet (wet) past tense, past participle ˈwhetted verb
1. to sharpen (a tool) by rubbing it on a grindstone or whetstone.
2. to make (one's appetite) keen.
ˈwhetstone noun
a stone for sharpening the blades of knives etc.


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Still calmly, though my heart was going pitapat, I pulled out Louis's dirk and began to whet it on the stone.
These fragments of nourishment served only to whet my hunger.
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