[ hwit-ling, wit- ]

  1. the act of a person who whittles.

  2. Often whittlings. a bit or chip whittled off.

Origin of whittling

First recorded in 1605–15; whittle + -ing1

Words Nearby whittling

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How to use whittling in a sentence

  • He was whittling, and he had made some little toy for his son Tad, who ran out as I entered.

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