Definitions

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  • n. The act or process of intending; intention; purpose; endeavour.
  • v. Present participle of ettle.
  • n. Earnings; wages.

Etymologies

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From Middle English etlyng, atlyng, equivalent to ettle +‎ -ing.

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Equivalent to ettle (“to earn”) +‎ -ing.

Examples

  • "That's it -- just what I was 'ettling' after -- lucky fellows we Scots with such words," and the General was immensely delighted to be delivered of his idea in an inoffensive form.

    Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers

  • Weelum MacLure was 'ettling aifter the same thing the nicht he slippit awa, an' gin ony man cud hae stude on his ain feet yonder, it was

    A Handful of Stars Texts That Have Moved Great Minds

  • "I might hae been in a state and condition to look at Miss Girzy; but, ye ken, I hae a lang clue to wind before I maun think o 'playing the ba' wi 'Fortune, in ettling so far aboun my reach."

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • And here and there -- woefullest sight of all -- single boys distractedly ettling at the sanctuaries of distant houses -- with their heads all the while insanely twisted back over their shoulders, and the glare of their eyes fixed frightfully on the swift-footed Mad Dominie, till souse over neck and ears, bubble and squeak, precipitated into traitorous pitfall, and in a moment evanished from this upper world!

    Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2

  • "Na, na, gudeman, ye needna be sae mim; every body kens, and I ken too, that ye're ettling at the magistracy.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

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