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whit·tle

 (wĭt′l, hwĭt′l)
v. whit·tled, whit·tling, whit·tles
v.tr.
1.
a. To cut small bits or pare shavings from (a piece of wood).
b. To fashion or shape in this way: whittle a toy boat.
2. To reduce or eliminate gradually: whittled down the debt by making small payments.
v.intr.
To cut or shape wood with a knife.

[From Middle English whyttel, knife, variant of thwitel, from thwiten, to whittle, from Old English thwītan, to strike, whittle down.]

whit′tler n.

whittle

(ˈwɪtəl)
vb
1. (Forestry) to cut or shave strips or pieces from (wood, a stick, etc), esp with a knife
2. (Forestry) (tr) to make or shape by paring or shaving
3. (tr; often foll by away, down, off, etc) to reduce, destroy, or wear away gradually
4. dialect (intr) Northern English to complain or worry about something continually
n
(Tools) dialect Brit a knife, esp a large one
[C16: variant of C15 thwittle large knife, from Old English thwitel, from thwītan to cut; related to Old Norse thveitr cut, thveita to beat]
ˈwhittler n

Whittle

(ˈwɪtəl)
n
(Biography) Sir Frank. 1907–96, English engineer, who invented the jet engine for aircraft; flew first British jet aircraft (1941)

whit•tle

(ˈʰwɪt l, ˈwɪt l)

v. -tled, -tling,
n. v.t.
1. to cut, trim, or shape (a piece of wood or the like) by carving off bits with a knife.
2. to form by whittling.
3. to cut off (a bit).
4. to reduce the amount of gradually (usu. fol. by down, away, etc.): to whittle away an inheritance.
v.i.
5. to whittle wood or the like with a knife.
6. to tire oneself or another by worrying.
n.
7. Archaic. a large knife.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (n.), dial. variant of thwitel knife, Old English thwīt(an) to cut]

Whit•tle

(ˈʰwɪt l, ˈwɪt l)

n.
Sir Frank, 1907–96, English engineer and inventor.

whittle


Past participle: whittled
Gerund: whittling

Imperative
whittle
whittle
Present
I whittle
you whittle
he/she/it whittles
we whittle
you whittle
they whittle
Preterite
I whittled
you whittled
he/she/it whittled
we whittled
you whittled
they whittled
Present Continuous
I am whittling
you are whittling
he/she/it is whittling
we are whittling
you are whittling
they are whittling
Present Perfect
I have whittled
you have whittled
he/she/it has whittled
we have whittled
you have whittled
they have whittled
Past Continuous
I was whittling
you were whittling
he/she/it was whittling
we were whittling
you were whittling
they were whittling
Past Perfect
I had whittled
you had whittled
he/she/it had whittled
we had whittled
you had whittled
they had whittled
Future
I will whittle
you will whittle
he/she/it will whittle
we will whittle
you will whittle
they will whittle
Future Perfect
I will have whittled
you will have whittled
he/she/it will have whittled
we will have whittled
you will have whittled
they will have whittled
Future Continuous
I will be whittling
you will be whittling
he/she/it will be whittling
we will be whittling
you will be whittling
they will be whittling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been whittling
you have been whittling
he/she/it has been whittling
we have been whittling
you have been whittling
they have been whittling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been whittling
you will have been whittling
he/she/it will have been whittling
we will have been whittling
you will have been whittling
they will have been whittling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been whittling
you had been whittling
he/she/it had been whittling
we had been whittling
you had been whittling
they had been whittling
Conditional
I would whittle
you would whittle
he/she/it would whittle
we would whittle
you would whittle
they would whittle
Past Conditional
I would have whittled
you would have whittled
he/she/it would have whittled
we would have whittled
you would have whittled
they would have whittled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Whittle - English aeronautical engineer who invented the jet aircraft engine (1907-1996)
Verb1.whittle - cut small bits or pare shavings fromwhittle - cut small bits or pare shavings from; "whittle a piece of wood"
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"

whittle

verb carve, cut, hew, shape, trim, shave, pare Chitty sat in his rocking chair whittling a piece of wood.
whittle something away undermine, reduce, destroy, consume, erode, eat away, wear away I believe the Government's aim is to whittle away the Welfare State.
whittle something or someone down reduce, cut down, cut, decrease, prune, scale down He had whittled the twenty interviewees down to two.
Translations
يَبْري، يَقْطَع بالسِّكّين
snitte
faragcsál
tálga, skera út
drožinėti
asinātdrāzt
aanspitsenafknagenkervensnijdenverminderen
orezávať
yontmak

whittle

[ˈwɪtl] VT [+ wood, shape] → tallar (con cuchillo)
whittle away
A. VT + ADV (= reduce) [+ savings, amount] → ir reduciendo
our sovereignty is gradually being whittled awaypoco a poco está mermando nuestra soberanía
B. VI + ADV to whittle away at sth (lit) → tallar algo (fig) → ir reduciendo algo
whittle down VT + ADV [+ workforce, amount] → reducir
the short-list has been whittled down to threehemos reducido el número de candidatos preseleccionados a tres

whittle

hwɪtəl]
whittle down
vt sep (= reduce) → réduire
to whittle sth down to sth → réduire qch à qch

whittle

vtschnitzen
vi to whittle (away) at somethingan etw (dat)(herum)schnippeln or -schnitzen or -schneiden

whittle

[ˈwɪtl] vt (wood) → intagliare
whittle away vt + adv (fig) → ridurre
whittle down vt + adv (fig) → ridurre, tagliare

whittle

(ˈwitl) verb
to cut or shape (eg a stick) with a knife.
References in classic literature ?
The boy stirred restlessly, gave her a surprised look, and began to whittle again at his stick, with the dull, broken-bladed knife in his hand.
Tom had been too much interested in his talk with Luke, in going the round of the premises, walking in and out where he pleased, and whittling sticks without any particular reason,--except that he didn't whittle sticks at school,--to think of Maggie and the effect his anger had produced on her.
You're not going to sit around here and whittle store-boxes and tell stories all your life.
I daresay I'd be wiser not to whittle away my copy.
She's kin to the Sawyer girls an' is goin' to live with 'em," he said, as he sat down and began to whittle.
In the same belt was stuck one of those long, broad, sharp-pointed, and two-edged knives, with a buck's-horn handle, which were fabricated in the neighbourhood, and bore even at this early period the name of a Sheffield whittle.
THEY thought they were opening one fashion shop in Huddersfield - but retailing family the Whittles now have two.
The book charts the highs and lows of living and working in India as the Whittles built an eco-tourist lodge from scratch and set up two charities.
Meanwhile, McMillan sat on the bonnet of a car and called the police, lying that the Whittles had attacked her - a claim dismissed by witnesses.
Last week, the Whittles concluded a deal to buy the business - just four months after their bank forced them to call in administrators.