A base or support, especially a platform on which hay or straw is stacked.
(now chiefly dial.) A lower part or support; specif., the base or framework of a stack, as of hay.
(forestry) To mark a sapling to be spared during a cut down of trees.
Origin of staddle
- Middle English stathel from Old English stathol stā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English stathel, from Old English staÃ¾ol (“foundation, base, support, position, site, estate"), from Proto-Germanic *staÃ¾ulaz (“position, standing"), from Proto-Indo-European *stÄ-, *sth- (“to stand"). Cognate with Middle Low German stadel (“barn"), German Stadel (“ground, croft, stall, shed"), Old Danish stedel (“ground, croft"), Icelandic stÃ¶Ã°ull (“position"). More at stand.