- The definition of a tiller is a person or machine that turns over soil for planting crops, a handle that turns the rudder of a boat, or a shoot growing from the base of a plant.
- An example of a tiller is a vegetable farmer who uses a plow to turn over the soil in their field.
- An example of a tiller is what a person uses to steer a boat.
- An example of a tiller is a new offshoot growing at the bottom of a tree.
Origin of tillerMiddle English tiler, stock of a crossbow ; from Old French telier, weaver's beam ; from Medieval Latin telarium ; from Classical Latin tela, web (see toil): naut. sense probably influenced, influence by Middle English tillen, to reach
Origin of tiller; from Old English telgor (extension of telga, a branch, bough, shoot)
Origin of tillerMiddle English tiler, stock of a crossbow, from Old French telier, from Medieval Latin tēlārium, weaver's beam, from Latin tēla, web, weaver's beam; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
intransitive verbtil·lered, til·ler·ing, til·lers
Origin of tillerMiddle English *tiller, from Old English telgor.
- A person who tills; a farmer.
- A machine that mechanically tills the soil.
(third-person singular simple present tillers, present participle tillering, simple past and past participle tillered)
- (intransitive) To put forth new shoots from the root or from around the bottom of the original stalk; stool.
From Middle English *tilȝer, *telȝer, from Old English telgor, telgra, telgre ("twig, branch, shoot") (also telga, telge (whence tillow)), from Proto-Germanic *telgô, *telgōn (“twig, branch”), from Proto-Indo-European *delgʰ- (“to split, divide, cut, carve”). Cognate with Dutch telg (“descendant, scion, offshoot, shoot”), Dutch Low Saxon telge (“twig, branch”), German Zelge (“twig, branch, bough”), Swedish telning (“branch, scion, sapling”), Icelandic tág (“willow-twig”).
- (archery) The stock; a beam on a crossbow carved to fit the arrow, or the point of balance in a longbow.
- (nautical) A bar of iron or wood connected with the rudderhead and leadline, usually forward, in which the rudder is moved as desired by the tiller (FM 55-501).
- (nautical) The handle of the rudder which the helmsman holds to steer the boat, a piece of wood or metal extending forward from the rudder over or through the transom. Generally attached at the top of the rudder.
- A handle; a stalk.