whet

Part of speech: noun

WHETTER.

Part of speech: verb

To sharpen; excite.

Part of speech: noun

The act of whetting; something that whets or excites.

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Usage examples "whet":

  1. I have stinted myself to save from the results of the last forgery the gold to whet his zeal. - "Lucretia, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. His experience at that time made him aware how such an undertaking might serve to quicken the curiosity, and to whet the expectation of the student of old time as to the wonderful secrets which await the skilful use of such humble implements as the shovel and the pick in almost any quarter of our island home. - "The Towns of Roman Britain", James Oliver Bevan.
  3. Yes, sir, said Johannes, pausing to whet his curious knife; but that's how things are. - "Steve Young", George Manville Fenn.