A Word A Day : Whet
Wednesday, 26th March 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb & Noun )
Pronunciation : wet & hwet
Past and past participle : whetted
Present participle : whetting
3rd person present singular : whets
1. to make a feeling, sense or desire more keen or intense
2. to sharpen the cutting edge or blade of a tool or weapon, usually by rubbing it on a stone
3. to make more keen
4. an act of sharpening, intensifying or stimulating something
5. something that sharpens a cutting edge
6. something that stimulates a feeling, sense or desire, especially a small amount that makes somebody want more ( informal )
Another word that sounds similar to whet is wet
which means to be moist.
Old English - hwettan - sharpen - Germanic - sharp
edge, file, finish, grind, hone, sharpen, strop, animate, awaken, challenge, enhance, excite, hone, incite, increase, kindle, pique, provoke, quicken, rally, rouse, stimulate, stir, wake, waken
means to stir up or arouse - or to incite to anger or resentment.
means to call forth or call to mind emotions, feelings and responses.
blunt, dull, dampen, dishearten, quell
• The frying bacon whetted
• The delicious smells coming from the kitchen served to whet
our appetites for dinner.
• These fragments of nourishment served only to whet
• Still calmly, though my heart was going pitapat, I pulled out Louis's dirk and began to whet
it on the stone.
• The thought of easy money whetted
my enthusiasm for the undertaking.
• Maurice Huret in his famous article gave an outline of Charles Strickland's life which was well calculated to whetted
the appetites of the inquiring.
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