wattle

noun (1)
wat·​tle | \ ˈwä-tᵊl How to pronounce wattle (audio) \

Definition of wattle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a fabrication of poles interwoven with slender branches, withes, or reeds and used especially formerly in building
b : material for such construction
c wattles plural : poles laid on a roof to support thatch
2 Australia : acacia sense 2

wattle

verb
wattled; wattling\ ˈwät-​liŋ , ˈwä-​tᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce wattle (audio) \

Definition of wattle (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form or build of or with wattle
2a : to form into wattle : interlace to form wattle
b : to unite or make solid by interweaving light flexible material

wattle

noun (2)

Definition of wattle (Entry 3 of 3)

: a fleshy pendulous process usually about the head or neck (as of a bird)

Other Words from wattle

Noun (1)

wattled \ ˈwä-​tᵊld How to pronounce wattle (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of wattle

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1513, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wattle

Noun (1)

Middle English wattel, from Old English watel; akin to Old High German wadal bandage

Noun (2)

origin unknown

Learn More About wattle

Time Traveler for wattle

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near wattle

watt-hour meter

wattle

wattle and daub

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wattle

Cite this Entry

“Wattle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wattle. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for wattle

wattle

noun
wat·​tle | \ ˈwä-tᵊl How to pronounce wattle (audio) \

Kids Definition of wattle

: a fleshy flap of skin that hangs usually from the neck (as of a bird)

wattle

noun
wat·​tle | \ ˈwät-ᵊl How to pronounce wattle (audio) \

Medical Definition of wattle

: a fleshy process that hangs usually from the head or neck (as of a bird)

Other Words from wattle

wattled \ -​ᵊld How to pronounce wattle (audio) \ adjective

More from Merriam-Webster on wattle

Nglish: Translation of wattle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wattle

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!