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WHITTLE, n.

1. A small pocket knife. [In this sense, I believe the word is not used in America.]

2. A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloke. [Not used in the United States.]

WHITTLE, v.t.

1. To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife. Some persons have a habit of whittling, and are rarely seen without a penknife in their hands for that purpose. [This is, I believe, the only use of this word in New England.]

2. To edge; to sharpen. [Not in use.]



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WHITTLE, n.

1. A small pocket knife. [In this sense, I believe the word is not used in America.]

2. A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloke. [Not used in the United States.]

WHITTLE, v.t.

1. To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife. Some persons have a habit of whittling, and are rarely seen without a penknife in their hands for that purpose. [This is, I believe, the only use of this word in New England.]

2. To edge; to sharpen. [Not in use.]

WHIT'TLE, n. [Sax. hwitel, hwitle.]

  1. A small pocket knife. [In this sense, I believe the word is not used in America.]
  2. A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloke. Dict. [Not used in the United States.]

WHIT'TLE, v.t.

  1. To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife. Some persons have a habit of whittling, and are rarely seen without a penknife in their hands for that purpose. [This is, I believe, the only use of this word in New England.]
  2. To edge; to sharpen. [Not in use.] – Hakewill.

Whit"tle
  1. A grayish, coarse double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.

    C. Kingsley. (b)
  2. A knife; esp., a pocket, sheath, or clasp knife.

    "A butcher's whittle." Dryden. "Rude whittles." Macaulay.

    He wore a Sheffield whittle in his hose. Betterton.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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

    [Obs.]

    "In vino veritas." When men are well whittled, their tongues run at random. Withals.

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Whittle

WHITTLE, noun

1. A small pocket knife. [In this sense, I believe the word is not used in America.]

2. A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloke. [Not used in the United States.]

WHITTLE, verb transitive

1. To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife. Some persons have a habit of whittling, and are rarely seen without a penknife in their hands for that purpose. [This is, I believe, the only use of this word in New England.]

2. To edge; to sharpen. [Not in use.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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