From Middle English stathel, from Old English staþol (“foundation, base, support, position, site, estate”), from Proto-Germanic *staþulaz (“position, standing”), from Proto-Indo-European *steh₂-, *sth₂- (“to stand”). Cognate with Middle Low German stadel (“barn”), German Stadel (“ground, croft, stall, shed”), Old Danish stedel (“ground, croft”), Icelandic stöðull (“position”). More at stand.
- Rhymes: -ædəl
staddle (plural staddles)
- (archaic) A prop or support; a staff, crutch.
- The lower part or supporting frame of a stack, a stack-stand.
- Any supporting framework or base.
- A small tree; sapling.
- (agriculture) One of the separate plots into which a cock of hay is shaken out for the purpose of drying.
- To form staddles of hay.
- (forestry) to mark a sapling to be spared during a cut down of trees