[hwet, wet]
verb (used with object), whetted, whetting.
to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction.
to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity.
the act of whetting.
something that whets; appetizer or drink.
Chiefly Southern U.S.
a spell of work.
a while: to talk a whet.

before 900; Middle English whetten (v.), Old English hwettan (derivative of hwæt bold); cognate with German wetzen, Old Norse hvetja, Gothic gahwatjan to incite

whetter, noun
unwhetted, adjective

wet, whet.
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whet (wɛt)
vb , whets, whetting, whetted
1.  to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
2.  to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate
3.  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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hwettan, from P.Gmc. *khwatjanan (cf. O.N. hvetja "to sharpen, encourage," M.L.G., M.Du. wetten, O.H.G. wezzan, Ger. wetzen "to sharpen," Goth. ga-hvatjan "to sharpen, incite"), from an adj. represented by O.E. hwæt "brave, bold," O.S. hwat "sharp," from P.Gmc. *khwataz, from PIE base *qwed-
"sharp" (cf. Skt. codati "incites," lit. "sharpens"). Fig. sense was in O.E.
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Example sentences
Another swallower works underwater, in what may be a futile attempt to whet the blade.
They are conversation pieces that whet the imagination.
The media mogul and philanthropist aims to whet a public taste for the low-fat bison burger.
Anyway, that's a historical fillip to whet your attention.
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