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.noun
- 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: ME tiler, stock of a crossbow < OFr telier, weaver's beam < ML telarium < L tela, web (see toil): naut. sense prob. infl. by ME tillen, to reach
Origin: < OE telgor (extension of telga, a branch, bough, shoot)
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Origin: Middle 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.
Origin: Middle English *tiller, from Old English telgor.