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whet



Pronunciation: (hwet, wet), [key]
v., whet•ted, whet•ting,
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.
1. the act of whetting.
2. something that whets; appetizer or drink.
3. Chiefly Southern U.S.
a. a spell of work.
b. a while: to talk a whet.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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