verb (used with object), wat·tled, wat·tling.


built or roofed with wattle or wattles.

Origin of wattle

before 900; (noun) Middle English wattel, Old English watul covering, akin to wætla bandage; (v.) Middle English wattelen, derivative of the noun
Related formsun·wat·tled, adjective
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Related Words for wattle

wall, roof, fence, gill

Examples from the Web for wattle

Historical Examples of wattle

  • It is built of oak framework, filled in with “wattle and daub.”

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • As for "wattle and daub" I could wish that it had never been invented.

  • The wattle hanging from the neck is of a light orange at the tip.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The walls of the dormitory were constructed in what is well known as "wattle and daub."

  • For leave to sit by their wattle they demanded contributions of fuel.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for wattle




a frame of rods or stakes interwoven with twigs, branches, etc, esp when used to make fences
the material used in such a construction
a loose fold of skin, often brightly coloured, hanging from the neck or throat of certain birds, lizards, etc
any of various chiefly Australian acacia trees having spikes of small brightly coloured flowers and flexible branches, which were used by early settlers for making fencesSee also golden wattle
a southern African caesalpinaceous tree, Peltophorum africanum, with yellow flowers

verb (tr)

to construct from wattle
to bind or frame with wattle
to weave or twist (branches, twigs, etc) into a frame


made of, formed by, or covered with wattle
Derived Formswattled, adjective

Word Origin for wattle

Old English watol; related to wethel wrap, Old High German wadal, German Wedel




Midland English dialect of poor quality
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Word Origin and History for wattle

"fleshy appendage below the neck of certain birds," 1510s (extended jocularly to human beings, 1560s), of uncertain origin and of doubtful relationship to wattle (n.1).


"stakes interlaced with twigs and forming the framework of the wall of a building," Old English watol "hurdle," in plural "twigs, thatching, tiles," related to weðel "bandage," of unknown origin. Surviving in wattle-and-daub "building material for huts, etc." (1808).

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