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Unknown; originally a dialectal term from Sheffield.
choil (plural choils)
- An unsharpened portion of a knife blade at the base of the blade, near the handle of the knife.
- The region of a knife where such a portion is, or would be if it existed; the region may be arranged as a grip, guard, or combination thereof (a finger choil), or it may be a notch demarking the end of the sharpened edge (a sharpening choil).
- This knife's large finger choil helps compensate for the short handle.
- OED 2nd edition 1989
- Lenited form of .