verb (used with object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
verb (used without object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
Origin of whittle
Definition for whittle (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for whittle
Neither Cipriani nor Whittle responded to requests for comment.
In spite of his new entrepreneurial vision, Whittle maintains his good feelings towards the Pacha owners.
How did you whittle all that material into the final shape of the film?Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman|Andrew Romano|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Let me whittle the bark off the sapling, so it will not hurt your hands.How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion|George W. Peck
Mrs. Whittle cautiously wiped the dust from her hard red cheeks.
Dalton springs, Denham springs, and the well-known Whittle springs are in the neighbourhood, and one hamlet is named Manysprings.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire|Charles Hardwick
That was a proficiency that tempted me; and I practised to acquire it, as men learn to whittle, in a wager with myself.Memories and Portraits|Robert Louis Stevenson
And no other than Lydia was to furnish Mrs. Whittle's empty parlor.
British Dictionary definitions for whittle (1 of 2)
Word Origin for whittle
British Dictionary definitions for whittle (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for whittle
1550s, "to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife," from Middle English whittel "a knife" (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from Old English þwitan "to cut," from Proto-Germanic *thwitanan (cf. Old Norse þveita "to hew"). Figurative sense is attested from 1746. Related: Whittled; whittling.