Meaning of wortle in English:


(also whortle)

Pronunciation /ˈwəːt(ə)l/


historical Metallurgy
  • A type of die used to reduce the thickness of metal wire, piping, etc., typically consisting of a steel plate with graduated holes in it through which metal is drawn.

    Recorded earliest in "wortle maker".


Early 16th century; earliest use found in The Coventry Leet Book. Origin unknown. Perhaps compare wire and tee.