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  • Writer's pictureBrittany J. Vincent

Wet vs. Whet

Updated: Dec 21, 2018


Wet: (adjective) covered or saturated with water or another liquid

  1. The lawn chairs are wet after the rainstorm.

Whet: (verb) [with object] excite or stimulate (someone's desire, interest, or appetite)

  1. Maybe these hors d'oeuvres will whet your appetite.

Origin

Old English hwettan, of Germanic origin; related to German wetzen, based on an adjective meaning "sharp."


Bonus Tip

In reference to having a drink, the correct phrase is “wet your whistle.”


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