|1.||to cut or shave strips or pieces from (wood, a stick, etc), esp with a knife|
|2.||(tr) to make or shape by paring or shaving|
|4.||dialect (Northern English) (intr) to complain or worry about something continually|
|5.||dialect (Brit) a knife, esp a large one|
|[C16: variant of C15 thwittle large knife, from Old English thwitel, from thwītan to cut; related to Old Norse thveitr cut, thveita to beat]|
|Whittle (wĭt'l) Pronunciation Key
British aeronautical engineer and inventor who developed the first aircraft engine powered by jet propulsion in 1937.