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[kuht-l] /ˈkʌt l/
Origin of cuttle1
late Middle English
before 1000; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele (replaced in the 16th century by cuttlefish and subsequently reshortened)


[kuht-l] /ˈkʌt l/
verb (used with object), cuttled, cuttling. Textiles.
to fold (cloth) face to face after finishing.
to allow (cloth) to lie without further treatment after fulling, milling, scouring, etc.
First recorded in 1535-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In fact, I should observe, that the occasion was worthy of the cuttle's tone.

  • Nimrod and I had been lured to the cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • With her face on Captain cuttle's shoulder, Florence told him how and why she had left her home.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Sometimes ink was made of the cuttle fish or from lees of wine.

  • But when Walter told him what was really the matter, Captain cuttle, after a moment's reflection, started up into full activity.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • He did not know what figure it was by the cuttle Well until he was quite close to her.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • If so, in the words of the great Captain cuttle, "When found, make a note of it."

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She said, if he couldn't speak to me, no doubt Captain cuttle could.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • Of this cuttle they say, with evident pleasurable remembrance of a savoury meal, they made one of the best soups they ever tasted.

  • Come, Captain cuttle, I must trouble you to be quick, if you please.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for cuttle


short for cuttlefish, cuttlebone
little cuttle, a small cuttlefish, Sepiola atlantica, often found on beaches
Word Origin
Old English cudele; related to Old High German kiot bag, Norwegian dialect kaule cuttle, Old English codd bag
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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