Synonyms of whittle in English:

whittle


See definition of whittle

verb

1‘he sat whittling a piece of wood with a knife’

SYNONYMS
pare, shave, peel, cut, hew, trim, carve, shape, model

2‘the powers of the papacy were gradually whittled away’

SYNONYMS
erode, wear away, eat away, consume, use up, reduce, diminish, undermine, weaken, threaten, sabotage, subvert, compromise, destroy, impair, mar, spoil, ruin, impede, hinder, damage, hurt, injure, cripple, disable, enfeeble, emasculate, sap, shake, break, crush
ANTONYMS

increase

3‘the ten teams in contention have been whittled down to six’

SYNONYMS
reduce, cut down, cut back, cut, prune, trim, slim down, pare down, salami-slice, shrink, make cutbacks in, lessen, decrease, diminish, make reductions in, scale down
ANTONYMS

augment