Meaning of whittle


Pronunciation: (hwit'l, wit'l), [key]
— v., n. -tled, -tling,
  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 of, as if by whittling; pare down; take away by degrees (usually fol. by down, away, etc.): to whittle down the company's overhead; to whittle away one's inheritance.
  1. to whittle wood or the like with a knife, as in shaping something or as a mere aimless diversion: to spend an afternoon whittling.
  2. to tire oneself or another by worrying or fussing.
  1. a knife, esp. a large one, as a carving knife or a butcher knife.


Pronunciation: (hwit'l, wit'l), [key]
  1. born 1907, English engineer and inventor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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