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[hwit-ling, wit-] /ˈʰwɪt lɪŋ, ˈwɪt-/
the act of a person who whittles.
Often, whittlings. a bit or chip whittled off.
Origin of whittling
First recorded in 1605-15; whittle + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She wanted to see how it would seem, for once, not to have any litter of whittlings, of strings and marbles and tops!

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • At the name of the owner of the beautiful plantation the man who had not yet spoken rose, covered with whittlings.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • Then it got along, after having inspected the whittlings at the feet of the friends to decide whether they were edible.

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • "No," answered Shorty, as he rubbed the whittlings from his plug to powder in the hollow of his hand.

  • "Well, it's all over now," said Jeff, and he rose up and brushed the whittlings from his knees.

  • Heise the harness-maker stood in the vestibule of his shop, a bundle of whittlings in his apron of greasy ticking.

    McTeague Frank Norris
  • And Shorty handed him his pipe, which he had just refilled with whittlings of black "navy plug."

British Dictionary definitions for whittlings


plural noun
chips or shavings whittled off from an object
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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