Thwittle
Thwittle \Thwit"tle\, v. t. [See {Thwite}, and {Whittle}.] To cut or whittle. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Palsgrave. [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

  • thwittle — thwit·tle …   English syllables

  • thwittle — ˈthwid.əl, itəl noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English thwitel more at whittle Britain : knife …   Useful english dictionary

  • thwitel — 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

  • Pronunciation of English th — In English, the digraph 〈th〉 represents in most cases one of two different phonemes: the voiced dental fricative IPA|/ð/ (as in this ) and the voiceless dental fricative IPA|/θ/ ( thing ). More rarely, it can stand for IPA|/t/ ( Thailand ) or the …   Wikipedia

  • whittle — whit|tle [ˈwıtl] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: whittle large knife (15 19 centuries), from thwittle (14 19 centuries), from thwite to whittle (11 19 centuries), from Old English thwitan] 1.) also whittle down [T] to gradually make something smaller …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whittle — (v.) 1550s, to cut thin shavings from (something) with a knife, from M.E. whittel a knife (c1400), variant of thwittle (late 14c.), from O.E. þwitan to cut, from P.Gmc. *thwitanan (Cf. O.N. þveita to hew ). Figurative sense is attested from 1746 …   Etymology dictionary

  • whittle — [c]/ˈwɪtl / (say witl) verb (whittled, whittling) –verb (t) 1. to cut, trim, or shape (a stick, piece of wood, etc.) by taking off bits with a knife. 2. to cut off (a bit or bits). –verb (i) 3. to cut bits or chips from wood or the like with a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • thewtill — obs. variant of thwittle …   Useful english dictionary

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