Origin of whittling
verb (used with object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
verb (used without object), whit·tled, whit·tling.
Origin of whittle
Related Words for whittlingtrim, shave, pare, erode, lessen, diminish, hew, consume, form, chip, shape, fashion, decrease, carve, model, mold, undermine, sculpt
Examples from the Web for whittling
Historical Examples of whittling
No; and they were whittling, making a boat, and couldn't be bothered.
But the whittling keeps his hands and eyes busy, and steadies his nerves.Ben Comee
M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
He snailed over his whittling as we laughed heartily at the droll effect of it all.
He was whittling as he considered a challenge from Tip Taylor to shoot a match.
Some were whittling, some making aimless marks in the dust with a stick.The Panchronicon
Harold Steele Mackaye
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.