EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English etlien, atlien, from Old Norse ætla (to think, mean, suppose, intend, purpose), from Proto-Germanic *ahtalōną (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 Proto-Germanic *ahtōną (to think, believe, fear), from Proto-Germanic *ahwjaną (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.

VerbEdit

ettle (third-person singular simple present ettles, present participle ettling, simple past and past participle ettled)

  1. (transitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To aim; purpose; intend; attempt; try.
  2. (transitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To expect; reckon; count on.
  3. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To take aim.
  4. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To make attempt.
  5. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To direct one's course.
  6. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To aspire; be ambitious.
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NounEdit

ettle (plural ettles)

  1. (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) Intention; intent; aim.
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Etymology 2Edit

A variation of addle (to earn).

VerbEdit

ettle (third-person singular simple present ettles, present participle ettling, simple past and past participle ettled)

  1. (obsolete) To earn.
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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse ætla.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

ettle (third-person singular present ettles, present participle ettlin, past ettle't, past participle ettle't)

  1. to intend, mean
  2. to try, attempt