- a sort of woven work made of sticks intertwined with twigs or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs
- Brit., Dial.
- a stick, rod, twig, or wand
- a hurdle or framework made of sticks, rods, etc.
- [pl.] rods or poles used as the support of a thatched roof
- Austral. any of various acacias: the flexible branches were much used by early settlers for making wattles
- a fleshy, wrinkled, often brightly colored piece of skin which hangs from the chin or throat of certain birds, as the turkey, or of some lizards
- a barbel of a fish
- [often pl.] a fold or pouch of flesh hanging from the neck or lower part of the jaw
Origin of wattleMiddle English wattel from Old English watul, a hurdle, woven twigs from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form wedh-, to knit, bind from base an unverified form (a)we- from source weave
transitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- to twist or intertwine (sticks, twigs, branches, etc.) so as to form an interwoven structure or fabric
- to construct (a fence) by intertwining sticks or twigs
- to build of, or roof, fence, etc. with, wattle
- a. A construction of poles intertwined with twigs, reeds, or branches, used for walls, fences, and roofs.b. Material used for such construction.
- Botany Any of various Australian trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia.
transitive verbwat·tled, wat·tling, wat·tles
- To construct from wattle.
- To weave into wattle.
Origin of wattleMiddle English wattel from Old English watel N., sense 2, short for wattle-tree from their use in wattle construction
Origin of wattleEarly Modern English of unknown origin
- A construction of branches and twigs woven together to form a wall, barrier, fence, or roof.
- A single twig or rod laid on a roof to support the thatch.
- A wrinkled fold of skin, sometimes brightly coloured, hanging from the neck of birds (such as chicken and turkey) and some lizards.
- A barbel of a fish.
- A decorative fleshy appendage on the neck of a goat.
- Loose hanging skin in the neck of a person.
- Any of several Australian trees and shrubs of the genus Acacia, or their bark, used in tanning.
(third-person singular simple present wattles, present participle wattling, simple past and past participle wattled)
- To construct a wattle, or make a construction of wattles.