tiller

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noun (1)

till·​er ˈti-lər How to pronounce tiller (audio)
: one that tills : cultivator

tiller

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noun (2)

til·​ler ˈti-lər How to pronounce tiller (audio)
: a lever used to turn the rudder of a boat from side to side
broadly : a device or system that plays a part in steering something

tiller

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noun (3)

til·​ler ˈti-lər How to pronounce tiller (audio)
: stalk, sprout
especially : one from the base of a plant or from the axils of its lower leaves

tiller

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verb

til·​ler ˈti-lər How to pronounce tiller (audio)
tillered; tillering ˈti-lə-riŋ How to pronounce tiller (audio)
ˈtil-riŋ

intransitive verb

of a plant
: to put forth tillers

Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

Middle English teler, tiller stock of a crossbow, tiller, from Anglo-French teiler stock of a crossbow

Noun (3)

Middle English *tiller, from Old English telgor, telgra twig, shoot; akin to Old High German zelga twig, Old Irish dlongaid he splits

First Known Use

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1625, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1677, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tiller was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tiller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiller. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

tiller

1 of 2 noun
till·​er
ˈtil-ər
: a person who tills
also : cultivator

tiller

2 of 2 noun
til·​ler
ˈtil-ər
: a lever used to turn the rudder of a boat from side to side

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