Main meanings of pingle in English

: pingle1pingle2pingle3

pingle1

Pronunciation /ˈpɪŋɡl/

noun

dialect, rare British, Midlands English
  • A small enclosed piece of land; a paddock, a close.

    Frequently attested in field names.

Origin

Mid 16th century. Origin uncertain; with the ending perhaps compare -le.

Main meanings of pingle in English

: pingle1pingle2pingle3

pingle2

Pronunciation /ˈpɪŋɡ(ə)l/

noun

(also pingel)
Scottish
  • More fully "pingle-pan". A small metal pan or shallow cooking pot, usually having a long handle; a saucepan.

Origin

Late 18th century. Origin unknown. Perhaps compare pingle.

Main meanings of pingle in English

: pingle1pingle2pingle3

pingle3

Pronunciation /ˈpɪŋɡl/

verb

(also pinkle)
  • 1British, Scottish dialect To exert oneself, work hard or laboriously; to struggle, especially against adversity; to toil for a living.

  • 2British dialect (In passive). Scottish. To be hard-pressed; to be troubled, worried, or oppressed.

  • 3British dialect To pick at or play with one's food; to eat with little appetite, nibble.

  • 4British dialect, rare To pick at or toy with (one's food).

Origin

Early 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Lords of Council in Civil Causes. Origin uncertain. Branches I. and II. are perhaps of different origin.