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pindling

[ pind-ling ]
/ ˈpɪnd lɪŋ /
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adjective Older Use.
puny; sickly; frail; weak.
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Origin of pindling

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

Other definitions for pindling (2 of 2)

Pindling
[ pind-ling ]
/ ˈpɪnd lɪŋ /

noun
Lynden Oscar "Father of the Bahamas", 1930–2000, Bahamian political leader: first prime minister 1967–92.
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How to use pindling in a sentence

  • 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

pindling
/ (ˈpɪndlɪŋ) /

adjective dialect
Western English peevish or fractious
US sickly or puny

Word Origin for pindling

C19: perhaps changed from spindling
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