verb (whittl, ing)
- a large knife
- (context, transitive, or, intransitive) To cut or shape wood with a knife.
- (transitive) To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt).
Etymology: From (term, whittel, , large knife), an alteration of (term, thwitel), itself from (term, thwiten, , to whittle), from (term, thwitan) (rfe, OED gives also "to intoxicate")
- Dutch: (t, nl, afknagen), (t, nl, verminderen)
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