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 (wĭt′l, hwĭt′l)
v. whit·tled, whit·tling, whit·tles
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.
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.
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Noun1.whittler - someone who whittles (usually as an idle pastime)
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
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