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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cuttle
Historical Examples
  • Nimrod and I had been lured to the cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • If so, in the words of the great Captain cuttle, "When found, make a note of it."

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Captain cuttle used to talk on land just as if he were at sea.

    Tales from Dickens

    Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • You may guess Captain cuttle's heart was full of thankfulness.

    Tales from Dickens

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

  • In fact, I should observe, that the occasion was worthy of the cuttle's tone.

  • 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
  • She said, if he couldn't speak to me, no doubt Captain cuttle could.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • A comfort to reflect that poor Gay had no family, Captain cuttle!'

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • 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
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