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adjective Older Use.
  1. puny; sickly; frail; weak.
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Origin of pindling

1860–65, Americanism; pine2 + -ling1, on the model of dwindling


  1. Lynden OscarFather of the Bahamas, 1930–2000, Bahamian political leader: first prime minister 1967–92.
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Examples from the Web for pindling

Historical Examples

  • The child's just pining and pindling out of the world, an' I can't stop her.

    The Little Grey House

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • And all the reason for it that one could see was that pindling, hollow-eyed young fellow who had entered the room in her wake.

British Dictionary definitions for pindling


adjective dialect
  1. Western English peevish or fractious
  2. US sickly or puny
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps changed from spindling
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