or ro·to-till·er, ro·to till·er



a motorized device having spinning blades perpendicular to the ground and arranged like spokes, used for tilling soil.

Origin of rototiller

First recorded in 1920–25; rot(ary) + -o- + tiller1
Also called rotary tiller. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rototiller

Historical Examples of rototiller

  • The two of them, Ester and he sitting in that kitchen--too damn lazy to rototiller that garden.

    The Land of Look Behind

    Paul Cameron Brown

Word Origin and History for rototiller



1923, from roto-, from Latin rota "wheel" (see rotary) + tiller.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper