Perhaps the same word as addle to earn; bur confer (Old English) atlien, etlien, to intend, prepare, (Icelandic) aetla to think, suppose, mean.
To earn. (obsolete) See Addle, to earn. Boucher.
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From Old Norse ætla.
ettle (plural ettles) (dialectal, chiefly Scotland) Intention; intent; aim.
ettle (third-person singular simple present ettles, present participle ettling, simple past and past participle ettled) (transitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To aim; purpose; intend; attempt; try. (transitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To expect; reckon; count on. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To take aim. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To make attempt. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To direct one's course. (intransitive, dialectal, chiefly Scotland) To aspire; be ambitious.
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