That which whets or sharpens; especially, an appetizer.
Origin of Whet
From Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan (“to whet, sharpen, incite, encourage"), from Proto-Germanic *hwatjanÄ… (“to incite, sharpen"), from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·Ä“d- (“sharp"). Cognate with Dutch wetten (“to whet, sharpen"), German wetzen (“to whet, sharpen"), Danish dialectal hvæde (“to whet").
Middle English whetten from Old English hwettan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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