To whet on
Whet Whet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whetting}.] [AS. hwettan; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG. wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. v["a]ttja, and AS. hw[ae]t vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr, bold, active, Sw. hvass sharp, Dan. hvas, Goth. hwassaba sharply, and probably to Skr. cud to impel, urge on.] [1913 Webster] 1. To rub or on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening; to sharpen by attrition; as, to whet a knife. [1913 Webster]

The mower whets his scythe. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Here roams the wolf, the eagle whets his beak. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. To make sharp, keen, or eager; to excite; to stimulate; as, to whet the appetite or the courage. [1913 Webster]

Since Cassius first did whet me against C[ae]sar, I have not slept. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To whet on}, {To whet forward}, to urge on or forward; to instigate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • To whet forward — Whet Whet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whetting}.] [AS. hwettan; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG. wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. v[ a]ttja, and AS. hw[ae]t vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr, bold,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whet — Whet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whetted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whetting}.] [AS. hwettan; akin to D. wetten, G. wetzen, OHG. wezzen, Icel. hvetja, Sw. v[ a]ttja, and AS. hw[ae]t vigorous, brave, OS. hwat, OHG. waz, was, sharp, Icel. hvatr, bold, active, Sw …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whet — [[t](h)wɛt, wɛt[/t]] v. whet•ted, whet•ting, n. 1) to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction 2) to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity[/ex] 3) the act of whetting 4) something that whets;… …   From formal English to slang

  • whet — whetter, n. /hwet, wet/, v., whetted, whetting, n. v.t. 1. to sharpen (a knife, tool, etc.) by grinding or friction. 2. to make keen or eager; stimulate: to whet the appetite; to whet the curiosity. n. 3. the act of whetting. 4. something that… …   Universalium

  • whet — I. transitive verb (whetted; whetting) Etymology: Middle English whetten, from Old English hwettan; akin to Old High German wezzen to whet, waz sharp Date: before 12th century 1. to sharpen by rubbing on or with something (as a stone) < whet a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whet — verb /ʍɛt,wɛt/ a) To hone or rub on with some substance, as a piece of stone, for the purpose of sharpening. To whet one’s appetite. b) To stimulate or make more keen. In the end, porn doesn’t whet men’s appeti …   Wiktionary

  • whet — verb 1) he whetted his knife on a stone Syn: sharpen, hone, strop, grind, file Ant: blunt 2) something to whet your appetite Syn: stimulate, excite, arouse …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • whet — [wet] v past tense and past participle whetted present participle whetting [T] [: Old English; Origin: hwettan] 1.) whet sb s appetite (for sth) if an experience whets your appetite for something, it increases your desire for it ▪ The view from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • WHET Water — Infobox Bottled Water brand = WHET WATER country = United States source = Hot Springs National Park, United States type = Still (chemical analysis below represent typical values for the still water) ph = 7.96 ca = 39.0 fl = .1 mg = 6.1 s …   Wikipedia

  • whet — Mawdesley Glossary 1. Awl ev a whet ad id I will have a try at it. I will have a turn. 2. to sharpen a knife on a whetstone …   English dialects glossary

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