thwitel
Thwittle Thwit"tle, n. A small knife; a whittle. [Written also {thwitel}.] [Obs.] ``A Sheffield thwittle.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • Thwittle — Thwit tle, n. A small knife; a whittle. [Written also {thwitel}.] [Obs.] A Sheffield thwittle. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whittle — Whit tle, n. [OE. thwitel, fr. AS. pw[=i]tan to cut. Cf. {Thwittle}, {Thwaite} a piece of ground.] A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife. A butcher s whittle. Dryden. Rude whittles. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] He wore a Sheffield whittle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whittle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English whittel, alteration of thwitel, from thwiten to whittle, from Old English thwītan; akin to Old Norse thveita to hew Date: 15th century archaic a large knife II. verb (whittled; whittling) Date: 1552 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Sheffield — For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). City of Sheffield   City Metropolitan borough   Top left …   Wikipedia

  • History of Sheffield — The history of Sheffield, a city in South Yorkshire, England, can be traced back to the founding of a settlement in a clearing beside the River Sheaf in the second half of the 1st millennium AD.Vickers, Old Sheffield Town , part 1] The area had… …   Wikipedia

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  • whittle — whittler, n. /hwit l, wit l/, v., whittled, whittling, n. v.t. 1. to cut, trim, or shape (a stick, piece of wood, etc.) by carving off bits with a knife. 2. to form by whittling: to whittle a figure. 3. to cut off (a bit). 4. to reduce the amount …   Universalium

  • whittle — whit•tle [[t]ˈ(h)wɪt l, ˈwɪt l[/t]] v. tled, tling, n. 1) to cut, trim, or shape (a piece of wood or the like) by carving off bits with a knife 2) to form by whittling 3) to cut off (a bit) 4) to reduce the amount of gradually (usu. fol. by down …   From formal English to slang

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