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CUTTLE, Cuittle, Kütel, Kittle, v. To sharpen, to whet (Sh. 1914 Angus Gl., kütel; Bwk. 1942 Wettstein; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., cuittle, kittle). Ppl.adj. cuttl't. Cf. w.Yks. dial. cuttle, to make cutlery (E.D.D.). [′køtəl, ′kyt-, ′kɪt-] m.Sc. 1870  J. Nicholson Idylls o' Hame 35:
Thy blade I'll scour, thy edge I'll cuttle.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 144:
Thy rough and ready weapon's nane sae blunt, 'Twill staun' a rattle 'gainst their cuttl't gullies.

Hence cuittler, “one who sharpens; a cutler” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.); also in comb. cuittler's dreep (drap), a drop of mucus on the end of the nose (Ib.), from the similarity to the water-drip which moistens a cutler's wheel.

[A back-formation from O.Sc. cutler, 1356 (D.O.S.T.).]

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