Whittle Definition

wĭtl, hwĭtl
whittled, whittles, whittling
verb
whittled, whittles, whittling
To cut or pare thin shavings from (wood) with a knife.
Webster's New World
To make or fashion (an object) in this manner.
Webster's New World
To whittle wood; often, specif., to cut away aimlessly at a stick, etc.
Webster's New World
To reduce, destroy, or get rid of gradually, as if by whittling away with a knife.
To whittle down the cost of a project.
Webster's New World
(figuratively) To make eager or excited; to excite with liquor; to inebriate.
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noun
whittles
A large knife.
Webster's New World
(archaic) A coarse greyish double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.
Wiktionary
(archaic) A whittle shawl; a kind of fine woollen shawl, originally and especially a white one.
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Synonyms:
sir frank whittleFrank Whittle
proper name
1907-96; Eng. engineer & pioneer developer of jet propulsion engines.
Webster's New World

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 Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

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