- a pound for stray animals.
- a fold, as for sheep or cattle.
- a place of confinement or restraint.
- to confine in or as in a pinfold.
Origin of pinfold
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Examples from the Web for pinfold
Who is not sick of our long confinement in that pinfold there?Stories from the Iliad
H. L. Havell
Was a bull-calf in a pinfold, an' that too they left behind.
It meant no more than inconveniently crowded; thus Milton: Confined and pestered in this pinfold here.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
Surgeon Pinfold was prescribing for a row of sick people, seated before him on a bench.
Amelius went back to the cottage, to see if Toff had returned, in his absence, before he paid his daily visit to Surgeon Pinfold.
- a pound for stray cattle
- a fold or pen for sheep or cattle
- (tr) to gather or confine in or as if in a pinfold
Old English pundfald, from pound ³ + fold ²
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