Translation of whittle in Spanish:

whittle

Pronunciation: /ˈhwɪtl; ˈwɪtl/

vt

  • [wood/stick] tallar I whittled the ends down to a point les saqué punta a los extremos (con una navaja, un cuchillo etc)
    More example sentences
    • He volleyed as if he was using his racket to whittle wood, slicing this way and that and caressing the ball into submission.
    • We were forced to hotfoot it to Borneo, where we lived on the edge of the jungle for the next twenty years, whittling wood into supposedly erotic shapes that we then sold as tribal trinkets.
    • The Americans of the volunteers joked about how whittling wood was an American habit.

vi

  • hacer* tallas

Phrasal verbs

whittle away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (reduce) [funds/resources] ir* mermando; [influence] ir* reduciendo or disminuyendo; [rights] ir* menoscabando gambling had whittled away his savings el juego le había ido mermando or [colloquial/familiar] comiendo los ahorros 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio to whittle away at sth ir* minando or socavando algo these failures have been whittling away at her self-confidence estos fracasos han ido minando or socavando su confianza en sí misma he sat there whittling away at a stick estaba allí sentado tallando una vara

whittle down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[expenses] recortar, reducir*to whittle sth down to sth we've whittled the applicants down to five hemos reducido el número de candidatos a cinco

Definition of whittle in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day insensible
adj
insensitive …
Cultural fact of the day

In Mexico, today is Conmemoración de la Proclamación de la Independencia. Throughout the country, at 11 o'clock at night, there is a communal shout, El Grito, in memory of Padre Hidalgo's cry of independence from the Spanish in the town of Dolores.