To whet is to create or stimulate an interest or appetite for something or to sharpen the edge of a knife.
An example of whet is when you take a tiny taste of delicious food and want more.
An example of whet is when you rub a knife edge against a sharpening stone.
To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone.
To make more keen; stimulate.
The frying bacon whetted my appetite.
Something that whets the appetite or desire.
To sharpen by rubbing or grinding (the edge of a knife or tool); hone.
To make keen; stimulate.
To whet the appetite.
An act of whetting.
Something that whets (the appetite, etc.)
The act of whetting something.
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 hvÃ¦de (“to whet").