Origin of Whittle
From Middle English whittel (“large knife"), an alteration of thwitel, itself from thwiten (“to whittle"), from Old English thwitan. Compare Old Norse þveita (“to hurl")
From Middle English whyttel knife variant of thwitel from thwiten to whittle from Old English thwītan to strike, whittle down
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From an Old English word for "white"; akin to an Icelandic word for a white bedcover.
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