Whittle

[w_ˈɪ_t_əl], [wˈɪtə͡l], [wˈɪtə‍l]

Definitions of whittle:

  1.   Same as Whittle shawl, below.
  2.   To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife.
  3.   To cut or shape a piece of wood with am small knife; to cut up a piece of wood with a knife.
  4.   To pare or cut with a knife.
  5.   A small pocketknife.
  6.   To cut or pare sticks for amusement.
  7.   To pare or cut with a knife: to cut to an edge.
  8.   Same as shawl, below.
  9.   To pare or cut off the surface of with a small knife; to cut or shape, as a piece of wood held in the hand, with a clasp knife or pocketknife.
  10.   To cut, shape, or sharpen with a knife.
  11.   A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloak.
  12.   cut small bits or pare shavings from; " whittle a piece of wood"
  13.   A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.
  14.   To edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to excite with liquor; to inebriate.
  15.   A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife.
  16.   To cut, carve, or shape by hand with a knife.

Quotes for whittle:

  1. He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. – Raymond Hull
  2. I have like 250 letters that I have to whittle it down to 150. Only then do you have the whole overview of a book. When it was finally edited, at least my take was, everybody's lying. You know? – Don Novello
  3. A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away. – Charles M. Schwab
  4. Gentlemen, I give you the Whittle engine. – Frank Whittle

Usage examples for whittle:

  1. In 1870 he heard Major Whittle an evangelist, tell the story of how the message, " Hold the fort!" ” – The Story of Our Hymns by Ernest Edwin Ryden
  2. “ I could do better wi' my own whittle – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  3. And she wants to know if Mrs. Whittle will let the other things stay here till she's got a place to put them in. ” – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  4. He had to use pine for nearly everything, because any other wood was too hard to whittle and then the pine was always splitting. ” – A Boy's Town by W. D. Howells
  5. On me life, it is cold, said the tinker, opening a small stove and beginning to whittle shavings, 'Cold as a dead man's nose. ” – Darrel of the Blessed Isles by Irving Bacheller
  6. “ Silas knew the boy very well; little Ben Whittle the son of his friend, who worked on a farm three miles in the country, and who came to town occasionally after dark to see Silas, who treated him well, but always returning in time to be called in the morning; for his employer was a rough man, and very savage to his horses and cattle and boys. ” – The Mystery of the Locks by Edgar Watson Howe
  7. Thus half in muttered breath, half in thought, Ben gave forth the burden of his anxieties, till at last self- reproachful beyond endurance, he seized a fragment of pine wood, and opening his jack- knife with superfluous energy, began to whittle as if his life depended on sharpening the stick to a point. ” – Mabel's Mistake by Ann S. Stephens
  8. “ " I s'pose so," said Mrs. Whittle in a thick voice. ” – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  9. He had met boys before who liked to whittle and wished to work in his shop; he had apprentices whose fathers were good workmen and wished their sons to learn more than they could teach; but very seldom did he meet a boy who would work as he himself had worked when he was a lad, never satisfied with what he did, because the vision in his mind ran ahead of the power in his fingers. ” – In the Days of the Guild by Louise Lamprey
  10. Near Cape Whittle he found two men gathering murre's eggs. ” – Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North by Fullerton Waldo
  11. De ol' man, he got so clost to him dat de sword what was as long as a hoe han'le didn' do de beau lover no good whatsomever, but de lil' penknife what de ol' man carry for to whittle with went clean home to de beau lover's heart. ” – A House Party with the Tucker Twins by Nell Speed
  12. In your first report in July, 1861, I've ben readin it keerfully, and I've got it marked down on the slate here, you sed the expenses for 1862 would be $ 318, 000, 000, but in December, you said they would be $ 543, 000, 000. Now, here was mistake of over $ 200, 000, 000. You sed in July, the tariff would yield $ 57, 000, 000. In December you said you could not calculate on over $ 32, 000, 000. You estemated the receipts from land sales, in July, at $ 3, 000, 000. You cut it down in December to $ 2, 300, 000; and now Congress, by passing the Homestead bill, will whittle it all off. ” – Letters of Major Jack Downing, of the Downingville Militia by Seba Smith
  13. At length Alec took out his knife, and began, for very vacancy, to whittle away at the desk before him. ” – Alec Forbes of Howglen by George MacDonald
  14. “ To make the tongs, take a tough beech or hickory stick, one inch thick by two feet in length, shave it down nearly one- half for a foot in the center, thrust this part into hot embers until it bends freely, bring the ends together and whittle them smoothly to a fit on the inside, cross checking them also to give them a grip; finish off by chamfering the ends neatly from the outside. ” – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  15. He consulted his own children right there in his own house and began to whittle out toys to please them. ” – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  16. Poor Mrs. Whittle although she did not realize it, missed her dreams more than she would have missed the furniture of that best parlor, had she ever possessed and lost it. ” – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  17. “ I carried small parts of it in my pocket to whittle at when I was out at work on the farm, using every spare or stolen moment within reach without father's knowing anything about it. ” – The Story of My Boyhood and Youth by John Muir
  18. “ I knew I was going to like him immensely, so I showed him my new knife and said he might whittle his stick if he'd promise to give it back to me. ” – The Fairies and the Christmas Child by Lilian Gask
  19. The General listened good- naturedly, as he always did to anything his boys had to tell him, and when Bert ceased speaking, he pulled off a piece of the stump and began to whittle it with his knife. ” – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  20. “ " It was Deacon Whittle wasn't it? ” – An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley

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