[ pan-tahyl ]
/ ˈpænˌtaɪl /


a roofing tile straight in its length but curved in its width to overlap the next tile.
a tapered, semicylindrical roofing tile laid either convex side up to overlap flanking similar tiles laid concave side up or vice versa.


Nearby words

  1. panthera,
  2. panthéon,
  3. pantie,
  4. panties,
  5. pantihose,
  6. pantisocracy,
  7. panto,
  8. panto-,
  9. pantofle,
  10. pantograph

Origin of pantile

First recorded in 1630–40; pan1 + tile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pantile

  • Pantile also means a flat cake with jam on it, given to boys at boarding-schools instead of pudding.

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for pantile


/ (ˈpænˌtaɪl) /


a roofing tile, with an S-shaped cross section, laid so that the downward curve of one tile overlaps the upward curve of the adjoining tile
a tapering roofing tile with a semicircular cross section, laid alternately so that the convex side of one tile overlaps the concave side of adjoining tiles

Word Origin for pantile

C17: from pan 1 + tile

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