a small round pellet of sheep's or goat's dung;
generally used in the plural ...1547 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
1. to bubble; to make a bubbling noise ...1821 Scot.
2. to toddle, to walk with short quick steps, as a child learning to walk
3. to chatter ...1882 Scot.
4. to dawdle, to idle, to waste one's time ...1921 Scot.
ETYMOLOGY (for noun)
assumed to be related to 'treddle' a pellet of sheep's or goat's dung (c1000 obs. exc. Eng. dial.)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1547 - see Example below
EXAMPLE (for n. )
"...doth loke like shepes tretles, there is abundance of coler adusted"
From: The Breviary of Healthe
By: Andrew Boorde, 1547
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933
• The English Dialect Dictionary, Joseph Wright, 1898-1905
• A Scots Dialect Dictionary, Alexander Warrack, 1911
• The Dialect of Banffshire, with a Glossary of Words not in Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary,
Rev. Walter Gregor, 1866