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whittling

[hwit-ling, wit-]
noun
  1. the act of a person who whittles.
  2. Often whittlings. a bit or chip whittled off.
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Origin of whittling

First recorded in 1605–15; whittle + -ing1
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Examples from the Web for whittlings

Historical Examples

  • "Well, it's all over now," said Jeff, and he rose up and brushed the whittlings from his knees.

    The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • She wanted to see how it would seem, for once, not to have any litter of whittlings, of strings and marbles and tops!

    The Very Small Person

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • At the name of the owner of the beautiful plantation the man who had not yet spoken rose, covered with whittlings.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable

  • Then it got along, after having inspected the whittlings at the feet of the friends to decide whether they were edible.

  • "No," answered Shorty, as he rubbed the whittlings from his plug to powder in the hollow of his hand.


British Dictionary definitions for whittlings

whittlings

pl n
  1. chips or shavings whittled off from an object
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