Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young full trout during its second season.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young full trout during its second season.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The young of the bull-trout.

Etymologies

white +‎ -ling (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Grenadiers & HMGs were stopped by Russian fire and the Panzers kept failing morale, but the Panzers had a charmed life with saves & kept going back in - whitling the Strelk away.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Furthermore, they said, when Ellward remained restless in the bedroom, Shea had gone upstairs and likely hit the older man with "a clift of whitling [split of wood]" he had taken from the woodbox.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • There's a lot of stuff whitling around in it and not much focus.

    badger Diary Entry

  • The life-history of sea-trout is much the same as that of salmon, and the fish on their first return from the sea in the grilse-stage are called by many names, finnock, herling and whitling being perhaps the best known.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1

  • Of the manifold sins which then I was guilty of, none so sticks upon me as that, being very young, I was _whitling_ on the Sabbath-day; and for fear of being seen, I did it behind the _door_.

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • We then lit a large fire, round which all the passengers squatted on their heels in Texas fashion, each man whitling a piece of wood, and discussing the merits of the different Yankee prisons at New Orleans or Chicago.

    Three Months in the Southern States: April, June, 1863.

  • Taking out a pen knife, he cut off a splinter from a stick of firewood, and balancing himself on one leg of his chair, by the aid of his right foot, commenced his favorite amusement of whitling, which he generally pursued in silence.

    The Clockmaker — or, the Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville

  • Like whitling the head of a duck, writing a novel is a process of negotion with the material at hand and every act, each engagement with that material translates both material and our intention.

    Larval Subjects .

  • a splinter from a stick of firewood, and balancing himself on one leg of his chair, by the aid of his right foot, commenced his favourite amusement of whitling, which he generally pursued in silence.

    The Clockmaker

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.