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[kuht-l] /ˈkʌt l/
Origin of cuttle1
late Middle English
before 1000; late Middle English codel, Old English cudele (replaced in the 16th century by cuttlefish and subsequently reshortened)


[kuht-l] /ˈkʌt l/
verb (used with object), cuttled, cuttling. Textiles.
to fold (cloth) face to face after finishing.
to allow (cloth) to lie without further treatment after fulling, milling, scouring, etc.
1535-45; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In fact, I should observe, that the occasion was worthy of the cuttle's tone.

  • Nimrod and I had been lured to the cuttle Fish ranch to go on a wolf hunt.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • With her face on Captain cuttle's shoulder, Florence told him how and why she had left her home.

    Tales from Dickens Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
  • Sometimes ink was made of the cuttle fish or from lees of wine.

  • But when Walter told him what was really the matter, Captain cuttle, after a moment's reflection, started up into full activity.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • He did not know what figure it was by the cuttle Well until he was quite close to her.

    Tommy and Grizel J.M. Barrie
  • If so, in the words of the great Captain cuttle, "When found, make a note of it."

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She said, if he couldn't speak to me, no doubt Captain cuttle could.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • Of this cuttle they say, with evident pleasurable remembrance of a savoury meal, they made one of the best soups they ever tasted.

  • Come, Captain cuttle, I must trouble you to be quick, if you please.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for cuttle


short for cuttlefish, cuttlebone
little cuttle, a small cuttlefish, Sepiola atlantica, often found on beaches
Word Origin
Old English cudele; related to Old High German kiot bag, Norwegian dialect kaule cuttle, Old English codd bag
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