whittle

Definitions:

To pare or cut off the surface of a thing with a small knife.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To cut or pare sticks for amusement.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
A white dress for a woman; a double blanket worn by west countrywomen in England, over the shoulders, like a cloak.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To pare or cut with a knife: to cut to an edge.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To pare or cut with a knife.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
A small pocketknife.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To cut, shape, or sharpen with a knife.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)

Usage examples:

By the wide hearth of stone or brick, one could whittle with impunity.
- Confessions of Boyhood by John Albee
Didn't Deacon Whittle give you my message?
- An Alabaster Box by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
Printed by Laurie and Whittle 53 Fleet Street, May 12, 1794. Print from Plate.
- The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various