noun whit·tle \ˈhwi-təl, ˈwi-\

Definition of WHITTLE

:  a large knife

Origin of WHITTLE

Middle English whittel, alteration of thwitel, from thwiten to whittle, from Old English thwītan; akin to Old Norse thveita to hew
First Known Use: 15th century



: to cut or shape (a piece of wood) by cutting small pieces from it : to make or shape (something) from a piece of wood by cutting small pieces from it

whit·tledwhit·tling \ˈhwit-liŋ, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-iŋ, ˈwi-\

Full Definition of WHITTLE

transitive verb
a :  to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knife
b :  to shape or form by so paring or cutting
:  to reduce, remove, or destroy gradually as if by cutting off bits with a knife :  pare <whittle down expenses>
intransitive verb
:  to cut or shape something (as wood) by or as if by paring it with a knife
:  to wear oneself or another out with fretting
whit·tler \ˈhwit-lər, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-ər, ˈwi-\ noun

Examples of WHITTLE

  1. He was sitting on the porch, whittling a stick.
  2. She whittled a walking stick from a maple tree branch.

First Known Use of WHITTLE


Rhymes with WHITTLE


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