Variant of whet
- to sharpen by rubbing or grinding (the edge of a knife or tool); hone
- to make keen; stimulate: to whet the appetite
Origin: ME whetten < OE hwettan, to make keen < hwæt, sharp, keen, bold < IE base *kwed-, to pierce, sharpen, whet > prob. L (tri)quetrus, (three-)cornered
- an act of whetting
- something that whets (the appetite, etc.)
- whetter noun
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