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Meaning of WHITTLE

Pronunciation:  'witl

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood"

WHITTLE is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: pare
 See Also: cut



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Whit"tle\, n. [AS. hw[=i]tel, from hwit white; akin to
    Icel. hv[=i]till a white bed cover. See {White}.]
    (a) A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in
        the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or
        shawl. --C. Kingsley.
    (b) Same as {Whittle shawl}, below.
    {Whittle shawl}, a kind of fine woolen shawl, originally and
       especially a white one.
  2. \Whit"tle\, n. [OE. thwitel, fr. AS. pw[=i]tan to cut.
    Cf. {Thwittle}, {Thwaite} a piece of ground.]
    A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife. ``A
    butcher's whittle.'' --Dryden. ``Rude whittles.'' --
          He wore a Sheffield whittle in his hose. --Betterton.
  3. \Whit"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whittled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Whittling}.]
    1. To pare or cut off the surface of with a small knife; to
       cut or shape, as a piece of wood held in the hand, with a
       clasp knife or pocketknife.
    2. To edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to
       excite with liquor; to inebriate. [Obs.]
             ``In vino veritas.'' When men are well whittled,
             their tongues run at random.          --Withals.
  4. \Whit"tle\, v. i.
    To cut or shape a piece of wood with am small knife; to cut
    up a piece of wood with a knife.
          Dexterity with a pocketknife is a part of a Nantucket
          education; but I am inclined to think the propensity is
          national. Americans must and will whittle. --Willis.