What does Whittle mean?

Definitions for Whittleˈʰwɪt l, ˈwɪt l

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Whittle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Whittle, Frank Whittle, Sir Frank Whittle(verb)

    English aeronautical engineer who invented the jet aircraft engine (1907-1996)

  2. whittle, pare(verb)

    cut small bits or pare shavings from

    "whittle a piece of wood"


  1. whittle(Noun)

    A large knife.

  2. whittle(Verb)

    To cut or shape wood with a knife.

  3. whittle(Verb)

    To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt).

  4. Origin: From whittel, an alteration of thwitel, itself from thwiten, from thwitan. Compare Old Norse þveita

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whittle(noun)

    a grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl

  2. Whittle(noun)

    same as Whittle shawl, below

  3. Whittle(noun)

    a knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife

  4. Whittle(verb)

    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

  5. Whittle(verb)

    to edge; to sharpen; to render eager or excited; esp., to excite with liquor; to inebriate

  6. Whittle(verb)

    to cut or shape a piece of wood with am small knife; to cut up a piece of wood with a knife

  7. Origin: [OE. thwitel, fr. AS. pwtan to cut. Cf. Thwittle, Thwaite a piece of ground.]


  1. Whittle

    Whittle was a UK game show for Channel 5 and it was hosted by comedian Tim Vine. The show aired throughout the channel's first two broadcasting years, from 31 March 1997 to 21 June 1998. It was shown at 18:00 as part of a quiz block with 100%.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whittle

    hwit′l, v.t. to pare or cut with a knife: to cut to an edge.—v.i. to cut wood aimlessly: (obs. slang) to confess at the gallows.—n. a small pocket-knife. [M. E. thwitel—A.S. thwítan, to cut.]

  2. Whittle

    hwit′l, n. (prov.) a woollen shawl: a blanket. [A.S. hwítel, a white mantle—hwít, white.]


  1. Whittle

    Whittle is a beautiful, real-time content discovery platform and API for mobile, digital publications that fuses with digital publications extracting finite content based on a users topical interests then displaying that content in a sleek interface for boundless exploration. Whittle creates new avenues of value as it allows digital publishers to provide a more dynamic and personalized experience for their readers while simultaneously creating a future-proof, profitable canvas for their publication platforms.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whittle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Whittle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Raymond Hull:

    He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.

  2. Charles M. Schwab:

    A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.

  3. Charles Schwab:

    The man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.

  4. Paul Joynson-Hicks:

    I cant believe the incredible amount of entries we have achieved in our first year and from so many different countries, its very exciting indeed, judging was incredibly hard as we had a lot of hilarious images to try and whittle down to the final 45. I think people have really enjoyed this competition, something a little bit different. It definitely exceeds our expectations for our inaugural year.

  5. Mark Cutifani:

    This strategy generally has a net negative effect, moreover, we can't rely on a reversal of this price slump any time soon. 2016 is already shaping up to be the most challenging yet. Opinions are divided on whether we have reached the bottom of the cycle... So things may still get worse before they get better. Anglo American announced plans in December to whittle down Anglo American business to cope with severe falls in commodity prices. The plan involves offloading three-fifths of its assets.

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Translations for Whittle

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • برىArabic
  • wegschnibbeln, schnitzenGerman
  • veistää, vuolla, leuku, leikataFinnish
  • taillerFrench
  • lefarag, megnyírbál, farigcsál, csökkent, faragcsálHungarian
  • intagliareItalian
  • snijden, verminderen, kerven, mes, afknagen, groot, aanspitsenDutch
  • spikkeNorwegian
  • scyzoryk, wystrugać, wyrzeźbićPolish
  • [[большой]] [[нож]], уменьшать, сводить на нет, вырезать, выстругиватьRussian
  • karva, täljaSwedish

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