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whittle

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noun whit·tle \ˈhwi-təl, ˈwi-\

Definition of whittle

archaic

  1. :  a large knife

Origin and Etymology 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


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whittle

verb whit·tle

Definition of whittle

whittled

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whittling

play \ˈhwit-liŋ, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-iŋ, ˈwi-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pare or cut off chips from the surface of (wood) with a knifeb :  to shape or form by so paring or cutting

  3. 2 :  to reduce, remove, or destroy gradually as if by cutting off bits with a knife :  pare <whittle down expenses>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cut or shape something (as wood) by or as if by paring it with a knife

  6. 2 :  to wear oneself or another out with fretting

whittler

play \ˈhwit-lər, ˈwit-; ˈhwi-təl-ər, ˈwi-\ noun

Examples of whittle in a sentence

  1. He was sitting on the porch, whittling a stick.

  2. She whittled a walking stick from a maple tree branch.

1552

First Known Use of whittle

1552



WHITTLE Defined for English Language Learners


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whittle

verb whit·tle

Definition of whittle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WHITTLE Defined for Kids

whittle

play
verb whit·tle \ˈhwi-təl, ˈwi-\

Definition of whittle for Students

whittled

whittling

  1. 1 :  to cut or shave off chips from wood :  shape by cutting or shaving off chips from wood

  2. 2 :  to reduce little by little <They are trying to whittle down their spending.>



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