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Ettle

Ettle \Et"tle\, v. t. [Perh. the same word as addle to earn; bur cf. OE. atlien, etlien, to intend, prepare, Icel. [ae]tla to think, suppose, mean.] To earn. [Obs.] See Addle, to earn.
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ettle

Etymology 1 n. (context dialectal chiefly Scotland English) intention; intent; aim. vb. 1 (context transitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To aim; purpose; intend; attempt; try. 2 (context transitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To expect; reckon; count on. 3 (context intransitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To take aim. 4 (context intransitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To make attempt. 5 (context intransitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To direct one's course. 6 (context intransitive dialectal chiefly Scotland English) To aspire; be ambitious. Etymology 2

vb. (context obsolete English) To earn.

Usage examples of "ettle".

I likened the parish to a widow woman with a small family, sitting in her cottage by the fireside, herself spinning with an eident wheel, ettling her best to get them a bit and a brat, and the poor weans all canty about the hearthstane--the little ones at their playocks, and the elder at their tasks--the callans working with hooks and lines to catch them a meal of fish in the morning-- and the lassies working stockings to sell at the next Marymas fair.

He seen me, and he took the road I ettled, and I thought I had him, for, thinks I, the young gentleman is soople and lang in the leg.

Ettles had been his rounds and had visited the outlying copses, which are the especial haunts of pheasants.