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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Elsewhere, Shapero sounds like the closest American poetry has come in decades to stand-up, though what kind of comedian is she--a whittler of one-liners?
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But a man who whittles out of the Bible what it has to say about baptism, the Lord's Supper, New Testament churches and their polity and other distinctive Baptist doctrines is as much a whittler of the Word of God as a man who cuts out the Genesis account of creation or the premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus.
Grandpa was a whittler, and he had made those poles just for us.
In the first few lines, Stone talks of the spirit of curiosity required in a good whittler, which is identical to the spirit required of a good appellate attorney: "It is the discovery that keeps the fingers moving not the idleness," he points out, and "the knife looking for the right plane that will let the secret out.
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He'd buy the calls from the whittler for $25 a piece and sell them for $200.