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  1. cuttlefish.
  2. cuttlebone.
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Origin of cuttle1

before 1000; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele (replaced in the 16th century by cuttlefish and subsequently reshortened)


verb (used with object), cut·tled, cut·tling. Textiles.
  1. to fold (cloth) face to face after finishing.
  2. to allow (cloth) to lie without further treatment after fulling, milling, scouring, etc.
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Origin of cuttle2

First recorded in 1535–45; origin uncertain
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for cuttle


  1. short for cuttlefish, cuttlebone
  2. little cuttle a small cuttlefish, Sepiola atlantica, often found on beaches
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Word Origin

Old English cudele; related to Old High German kiot bag, Norwegian dialect kaule cuttle, Old English codd bag
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