Definition of whittle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

whittle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whittle
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtl//
 
he / she / it whittles
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtlz//
 
past simple whittled
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtld//
 
past participle whittled
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtld//
 
-ing form whittling
BrE BrE//ˈwɪtlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪtlɪŋ//
 
 
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to form a piece of wood, etc. into a particular shape by cutting small pieces from it whittle A (from B) He whittled a simple toy from the piece of wood. whittle B (into A) He whittled the piece of wood into a simple toy. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from dialect whittle ‘knife’. Phrasal Verbswhittle somethingawaywhittle somethingdown
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