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whet

 (wĕt, hwĕt)
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.
Something that whets the appetite or desire.

[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.

whet


Past participle: whetted
Gerund: whetting

Imperative
whet
whet
Present
I whet
you whet
he/she/it whets
we whet
you whet
they whet
Preterite
I whetted
you whetted
he/she/it whetted
we whetted
you whetted
they whetted
Present Continuous
I am whetting
you are whetting
he/she/it is whetting
we are whetting
you are whetting
they are whetting
Present Perfect
I have whetted
you have whetted
he/she/it has whetted
we have whetted
you have whetted
they have whetted
Past Continuous
I was whetting
you were whetting
he/she/it was whetting
we were whetting
you were whetting
they were whetting
Past Perfect
I had whetted
you had whetted
he/she/it had whetted
we had whetted
you had whetted
they had whetted
Future
I will whet
you will whet
he/she/it will whet
we will whet
you will whet
they will whet
Future Perfect
I will have whetted
you will have whetted
he/she/it will have whetted
we will have whetted
you will have whetted
they will have whetted
Future Continuous
I will be whetting
you will be whetting
he/she/it will be whetting
we will be whetting
you will be whetting
they will be whetting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whetting
you have been whetting
he/she/it has been whetting
we have been whetting
you have been whetting
they have been whetting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whetting
you will have been whetting
he/she/it will have been whetting
we will have been whetting
you will have been whetting
they will have been whetting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whetting
you had been whetting
he/she/it had been whetting
we had been whetting
you had been whetting
they had been whetting
Conditional
I would whet
you would whet
he/she/it would whet
we would whet
you would whet
they would whet
Past Conditional
I would have whetted
you would have whetted
he/she/it would have whetted
we would have whetted
you would have whetted
they would have whetted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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

whet

verb
To give a sharp edge to:
Translations
يُثير شَهِيَّةيَشْحَذ، يَسِن
hvæsseslibe
étvágyat csinálköszörülmegköszörül
brÿna, skerpaörva, skerpa
galąstigaląstuvassužadinti
rosinātuzasinātuztrīt
nabrúsiť
bilemekheveslendirmekiştahını kabartmak

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.
References in classic literature ?
Levin followed him, trying not to get left behind, and he found it harder and harder: the moment came when he felt he had no strength left, but at that very moment Tit stopped and whetted the scythes.
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His appetite had been whetted by the thirty pounds he had made in the summer, and he wanted now to make a couple of hundred.
He fell as an oak, or poplar, or pine which shipwrights have felled for ship's timber upon the mountains with whetted axes--even thus did he lie full length in front of his chariot and horses, grinding his teeth and clutching at the bloodstained dust.
When Amy had whetted her tongue and freed her mind she usually got the best of it, for she seldom failed to have common sense on her side, while Jo carried her love of liberty and hate of conventionalities to such an unlimited extent that she naturally found herself worsted in an argument.
SAM RICKETTS believes Shrewsbury's run to the League One play-off final has whetted the club's appetite for success.
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"I do want to work again, I relish the chance, I enjoyed the chance and it has just whetted my appetite for more."
Meanwhile, caretaker boss Megson admits the point against Spurs has whetted his appetite for a return to management.
It is very early days yet, but the two horses have already whetted the appetite for what promises to be a fine season in the novice category in Ireland, with a host of Willie Mullins-trained bumper winners from last season waiting in the wings.
Summary: The teaser advertisements with the huge X that have come up across India have whetted popular curiosity about the identity of the advertiser.