adjective Older Use.

puny; sickly; frail; weak.

Origin of pindling

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




Lynden OscarFather of the Bahamas, 1930–2000, Bahamian political leader: first prime minister 1967–92. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pindling

Historical Examples of pindling

  • 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

Western English peevish or fractious
US sickly or puny

Word Origin for pindling

C19: perhaps changed from spindling
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