whet

[hwet, wet]
verb (used with object), whetted, whetting.
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.
noun
3.
the act of whetting.
4.
something that whets; appetizer or drink.
5.
Chiefly Southern U.S.
a.
a spell of work.
b.
a while: to talk a whet.

Origin:
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To whetted
Collins
World English Dictionary
whet (wɛt)
 
vb , whets, whetting, whetted
1.  to sharpen, as by grinding or friction
2.  to increase or enhance (the appetite, desire, etc); stimulate
 
n
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]
 
'whetter
 
n

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

whet
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
All this, though it whetted my curiosity, told me little that was definite.
Naturally, his desire to continue in and complete the task in which he had
  already accomplished much was whetted.
Sure everyone can find, tell and publish a story at a click, but it still needs
  to be whetted for credibility and quality.
There is an endless chase in which the interest is whetted by the cleverly
  contrived gags.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;