tiller

noun (1)
till·er | \ ˈti-lər \

Definition of tiller 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: one that tills : cultivator

tiller

noun (2)
til·ler | \ ˈti-lər \

Definition of tiller (Entry 2 of 4)

: 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

noun (3)
til·ler | \ ˈti-lər \

Definition of tiller (Entry 3 of 4)

: stalk, sprout especially : one from the base of a plant or from the axils of its lower leaves

tiller

verb
til·ler | \ ˈti-lər \
tillered; tillering\ˈti-lə-riŋ, ˈtil-riŋ \

Definition of tiller (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

of a plant

: to put forth tillers

First Known Use of tiller

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

History and Etymology for tiller

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

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

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tiller

noun
til·ler | \ ˈti-lər \

Kids Definition of tiller

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a lever used to turn the rudder of a boat from side to side

tiller

noun

Kids Definition of tiller (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone or something that tills land

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