[ 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.


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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