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meanings of whittle


  1. A whittle shawl; a kind of fine woollen shawl, originally and especially a white one.
  2. A knife; especially, a pocket knife, sheath knife, or clasp knife.
  3. A coarse greyish double blanket worn by countrywomen, in the west of England, over the shoulders, like a cloak or shawl.


  1. To cut or shape wood with a knife.
  2. To make eager or excited; to excite with liquor; to inebriate.
  3. To reduce or gradually eliminate something (such as a debt).


  1. A surname​.

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