or dot·tel



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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dottle

Historical Examples of dottle

  • 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.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for dottle




the plug of tobacco left in a pipe after smoking

Word Origin for dottle

C15: diminutive of dot lump; see dot 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012