- whittier, john greenleaf,
- whittington, richard,
- whittle, sir frank,
- whitworth screw thread
Origin of whittling
verb (used with object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
verb (used without object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
Origin of whittle
Examples from the Web for whittling
He was whittling, and a little boy snuggled close, fixing intent regard on the work.The Landloper|Holman Day
Unostentatious in all his habits, he smoked constantly, often whittling a stick while thinking, and wasting no words.Charles Carleton Coffin|William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
He was whittling as he considered a challenge from Tip Taylor to shoot a match.Eben Holden|Irving Bacheller
Her whittling finished, she carefully gathered up all the shavings and threw them into the fire.Istar of Babylon|Margaret Horton Potter
Carl questioned, laying down his whittling and facing his mother.Carl and the Cotton Gin|Sara Ware Bassett
Word Origin 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.