KJV Dictionary Definition: whet


WHET, v.t. pret. and pp. whetted or whet. G.

1. To rub for the purpose of sharpening, as an edge tool; to sharpen by attrition; as, to whet a sythe or an ax.

2. To provoke; to excite; to stimulate; as, to whet the appetite.

3. To provoke; to make angry or acrimonious.

Since Cassius first did whet me against Cesar, I have not slept.

To whet on or whet forward, to urge on; to instigate. Not used nor proper.

WHET, n.

1. The act of sharpening by friction.

2. Something that provokes or stimulates the appetite; as sips, drams and whets.


WHETTED, pp. Rubbed for sharpening; sharpened; provoked; stimulated.


WHETTING, ppr. Rubbing for the purpose of making sharp; sharpening; provoking; inciting; stimulating.