American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The plug of tobacco ash left in the bowl of a pipe after it has been smoked.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plug or tap of a vessel.
- n. A small rounded lump or mass; especially, the tobacco remaining in the bottom of a pipe after smoking, which is often put on the top of fresh tobacco when refilling.
- n. the residue of partially burnt tobacco left caked in the bowl of a pipe after smoking
- Probably from Middle English dottle or dottel, diminutives of dot ("lump or clot"), formed with -le. (Wiktionary)
- From dot1, lump (obsolete). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the subsequent smokes the ashes, "dottle," were saved, being placed in”
Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895 Seventeenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1895-1896, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1898, pages 519-744
“Senator Lieberman is a voice of reason in all of this; and, that he does not agree with every tit and dottle of the anti-war progressive element now rightly or wrongly on the ascendent in the democrat party should not be used to deny him reelection.”
“Both shoes froze for fully half an instant, then leaped up and turned over to dump out the dottle.”
“He turned it over and knocked the dottle neatly out against the edge of the porch.”
“Of the few souvenirs of her father, dug from the ruins, there remained his pipe, and this she stuck between her teeth as he had done, inhaling the faded traces of tarry dottle, and impressing the stem with the indentations of her own teeth over the marks of his.”
“He had attempted to cut the Gordian knot by giving up the cleaning of his pipe, but this had resulted in the inhalation of indescribably repellent, ferociously bitter, and appallingly slimy gobbets of cold dottle.”
“She poked at the dottle in her pipe with a small silver-plated knife.”
“He knocked the dottle out of his pipe, blew through the stem, and stuck it back in his pocket.”
“He jumped to his feet and circled his chair, ending up back at the fireplace, where he leant down to smack his pipe against the bricks and send the still-alight dottle spraying onto the coal and the hearth.”
“No sign of a stair, flowing or otherwise," Sam remarked, knocking dottle from his boots.”
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