She drew away and held him at arm's length while she scrutinized him in the light of the guttering candle.
The candles are guttering away terribly, and we must not be left in the dark.
The candle was guttering as he rose with a fierce start—his first impulse of anger—from the table.
The candle was guttering, and aunt Mary Ellen pushed it toward her.
A guttering candle stood on the inner sill of the small window and afforded a vague view into a mean interior.
I saw his face, straight opposite me, near the guttering candle.
The light bobbed slowly off into the distance, flaring and guttering before the force of the wind.
The porter halted on the stairs to settle his guttering candle.
Only from the door issued the light, and she saw that a guttering tallow candle was set there on the floor.
He lifted the guttering candle overhead and inspected his surroundings.
late 13c., "watercourse, water drainage channel along the side of a street," from Anglo-Norman gotere, from Old French guitere, goutiere (13c., Modern French gouttière) "gutter, spout" (of water), from goute "a drop," from Latin gutta "a drop." Meaning "furrow made by running water" is from 1580s. Meaning "trough under the eaves of a roof to carry off rainwater" is from mid-14c. Figurative sense of "low, profane" is from 1818. In printers' slang, from 1841.
late 14c., "to make or run in channels," from gutter (n.). In reference to candles (1706) it is from the channel that forms on the side as the molten wax flows off. Related: Guttered; guttering.