Whittle

Definition of Whittle

Whit´tle
n.1.A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.
Whittle shawl
a kind of fine woolen shawl, originally and especially a white one.
1.A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife.
He wore a Sheffield whittle in his hose.
- Betterton.
v. t.1.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.
2.To edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to excite with liquor; to inebriate.
"In vino veritas." When men are well whittled, their tongues run at random.
- Withals.
v. i.1.To cut or shape a piece of wood with am small knife; to cut up a piece of wood with a knife.
Dexterity with a pocketknife is a part of a Nantucket education; but I am inclined to think the propensity is national. Americans must and will whittle.
- Willis.

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