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ettle

verb et·tle \ˈetəl\

Definition of ettle

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly Scottish :  intend, plan, design

  3. 2 chiefly Scottish :  attempt, venture

  4. 3 chiefly Scottish :  guess, suppose

  5. intransitive verb
  6. chiefly Scottish :  aim, aspire, plan

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Origin and Etymology of ettle

Middle English ettlen, atlen, from Old Norse ætla; akin to Old English eahtian to consider, estimate, watch over, eaht consideration, estimation, Old High German ahtōn to consider, believe, estimate, ahta consideration, attention, esteem, Gothic ahjan to believe, think, aha understanding, mind, Greek oknos hesitation, fear, and perhaps to Old English ēage eye — more at eye


First Known Use: 13th century


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ettle

noun et·tle \"\

Definition of ettle

plural

-s

Scottish

  1. :  intent, purpose

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1790

First Known Use of ettle

1790


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ettle

noun et·tle \"\

Definition of ettle

plural

-s

dialectal, England

  1. :  nettle

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Origin and Etymology of ettle

by alteration (resulting from incorrect division of a nettle)


First Known Use: 1688


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