v. sharpen, as knife; make more keen; stimulate
The odors from the kitchen should whet my appetite.
Sentence in Classic:
I have an idea that Van Helsing thinks he knows, too, but he will only let out enough at a time to whet curiosity.
Turnus, himself fully armed, awakes his men to arms, and each leader marshals to battle his brazen lines and whets their ardour with varying rumours.
But at that very moment Tit stopped of his own accord, and stooping down picked up some grass, rubbed his scythe, and began whetting it.
Anna Karenina(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
Much watching of Louisa, and much consequent observation of her impenetrable demeanour, which keenly whetted and sharpened Mrs.
Hard Times By Charles Dickens Context
When the boar perceived the tailor, it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks, and was about to throw him to the ground, but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once, and in one bound out again.
Grimms' Fairy Tales By The Brothers Grimm Context
He saw before him in one of the valleys the gleaming of whetted iron, and advancing, dimly perceived that the shine came from the tool of a man who was cutting furze.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context