whet

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan (to whet, sharpen, incite, encourage), from Proto-Germanic *hwatjaną (to incite, sharpen), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷēd- (sharp). Cognate with Dutch wetten (to whet, sharpen), German wetzen (to whet, sharpen), Icelandic hvetja (to whet, encourage, catalyze), dialectal Danish hvæde (to whet).

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whet (third-person singular simple present whets, present participle whetting, simple past and past participle whetted or whet)

  1. (transitive) To hone or rub on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening – see whetstone.
  2. (transitive) To stimulate or make more keen.
    to whet one's appetite or one's courage

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Noun[edit]

whet (plural whets)

  1. The act of whetting something.
  2. That which whets or sharpens; especially, an appetizer.

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