noundialect, rare British, Midlands English
A small enclosed piece of land; a paddock, a close.
Frequently attested in field names.
Mid 16th century. Origin uncertain; with the ending perhaps compare -le.
More fully "pingle-pan". A small metal pan or shallow cooking pot, usually having a long handle; a saucepan.
Late 18th century. Origin unknown. Perhaps compare pingle.
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).
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.