verb (used with object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
verb (used without object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
Origin of whittle
Examples from the Web for whittled
A list of 400 disagreements over the document has been whittled down to just two.
With Thriller, we took 800 songs and whittled them down to nine.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By the time the House and Senate agreed to a farm bill last month, that was whittled down to $8.7 billion over 10 years.
An array of whittled bamboo sticks, each four millimeters in diameter, makes up the two-room installation.The Royal Academy Wants You to Finish This Artwork|Chloë Ashby|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two other players with plausible cases were whittled off the ballot.
Flint lounged on the sward, whistling softly as he whittled at a fallen bough.On Picket Duty and Other Tales|Louisa May Alcott
The two ends were then whittled down to the shape shown at k.Carpentry and Woodwork|Edwin W. Foster
They had rolled out a long peeled log on which they lounged while they whittled and talked.McClure's Magazine December, 1895|Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
But he sometimes brought candy to the Duval children and he whittled wonderful boats.The Cinder Pond|Carroll Watson Rankin
Going out the full length of his cord, he whittled the chips for his fire and found his way back by the cord.The Story of the Trapper|A. C. Laut
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Word Origin for whittle
British Dictionary definitions for whittled (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for whittled
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.