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or dottel

[dot-l] /ˈdɒt l/
the plug of half-smoked tobacco in the bottom of a pipe after smoking.
Origin of dottle
1815-25; dial. dot small lump (probably identical with dot1) + -le Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for dottle
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  • He knocked out the dottle of his pipe on one of the andirons.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • Jean knocks the dottle out of his pipe, refills and relights.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • He knocked out the dottle, refilled the bowl and lighted the tobacco.

  • Raft considered the proposition for a moment, then he shook his head and tapped the dottle out of his pipe.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Taggert took his pipe out of his mouth and tapped the dottle into a nearby ash disposal unit.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • At the end, Carleton tamped down the dottle in the bowl of his pipe thoughtfully with his forefinger—and glanced at Donkin.

  • He knocked the dottle from his pipe and sauntered nearer the doorway; there he waited impatiently for the encore to end.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • He tapped the dottle out of his pipe, picked up the bundle, and rose grumbling.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for dottle


the plug of tobacco left in a pipe after smoking
Word Origin
C15: diminutive of dot lump; see dot1
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