Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To aim; propose; intend; attempt; try.
- To expect; reckon: as, I'm ettling he'll be here the morn.
- To take aim.
- To make attempt.
- To direct one's course.
- To aspire; be ambitious.
- n. Intention; intent; aim.
- n. A variant of addle.
- n. A nettle.
- v. transitive, dialectal To aim; purpose; intend; attempt; try.
- v. transitive, dialectal To expect; reckon; count on.
- v. intransitive, dialectal To take aim.
- v. intransitive, dialectal To make attempt.
- v. intransitive, dialectal To direct one's course.
- v. intransitive, dialectal To aspire; be ambitious.
- n. dialectal Intention; intent; aim.
- v. obsolete To earn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To earn. [Obs.] See addle, to earn.
- From Middle English etlien, atlien, from Old Norse ǣtla ("to think, mean, suppose, intend, purpose"), from Proto-Germanic *ahtalōnan (“to strive, think”), from Proto-Indo-European *ok- (“to think, intend, purpose”); partly from Middle English aghtelen, ahtlien ("to think, esteem, purpose, set out, arrange"), from a frequentative variant of Old English eahtian ("to estimate, esteem, fix the character or quality of something, consult about, consider, deliberate, mediate, devise, watch over, speak of with praise"), from West Germanic *ahtōna (“to think, believe, fear”), from Proto-Germanic *ahwjanan (“to believe, intend, think, fear”), from Proto-Indo-European *okʷ-, *h₃ekʷ- (“to see”). Cognate with Dutch achten ("to deem, regard, esteem, think"), German achten ("to heed, respect, value"), Danish agte ("to esteem, intend, observe, heed"), Gothic 𐌰𐌷𐌾𐌰𐌽 (ahjan, "to think"). More at eye. (Wiktionary)
“They that ettle to the top of the ladder will at least get up some rounds.”
“Dinna ettle at a penny more; he micht gang back upo' 't.”
“Shame fa' him, say I,'at made his siller as a flesher i' the wast wyn' o' Howglen, to ettle at a gentleman o' a thoosan' year for ane o' his queans!”
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