treddle

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English tridel, tyrdel, from Old English tyrdel (dropping, small piece of excrement), diminutive of Old English tord (piece of excrement, dung), equivalent to turd +‎ -le.

NounEdit

treddle (plural treddles)

  1. (UK dialectal) The dung of sheep or hares.
  2. (informal) A prostitute; strumpet.

Etymology 2Edit

Variation of treadle.

NounEdit

treddle (plural treddles)

  1. Alternative form of treadle
    • 1871, J. Filmer Emmett, The Theory of Germs (page 6)
      In the animal or soul-world (anima, psyche) beginning with the oviparous orders, or rather with the bird-class among these, the above germal speck is, as is well known, visible, being a diminutive flake, rag or shred of skin, commonly called treddle, a pellicle floating between the yolk and the white of the egg, where it has been deposited by the male parent.

VerbEdit

treddle (third-person singular simple present treddles, present participle treddling, simple past and past participle treddled)

  1. Alternative form of treadle