[ pin-fohld ]
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  1. a pound for stray animals.

  2. a fold, as for sheep or cattle.

  1. a place of confinement or restraint.

verb (used with object)
  1. to confine in or as in a pinfold.

Origin of pinfold

1150–1200; late Middle English pynfold for *pindfold, equivalent to Old English pynd(an) to impound (derivative of pundpound3) + fold2; replacing Middle English po(u)n(d)fold(e), late Old English pundfald

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How to use pinfold in a sentence

  • Would you have Providence to shoot you here sitting, like so many hares hunted into a pinfold?

  • Why, they must have been fairly starved on purpose; nay, they must have been in the pinfold all the time he had been laid up.

  • Pinder, the man in charge of the pound or pinfold, was the name of a famous wicket-keeper of the last century.

  • Like sheep hounded into their pinfold; bleating for mercy, where is no mercy, but only a whetted knife?

    Thomas Carlyle | Hector Carsewell Macpherson
  • He was a servant of corruption, holding a candle to disorderly walkers and happy sinners on their way into the devil's pinfold.

    The Manxman | Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for pinfold


/ (ˈpɪnˌfəʊld) /

    • a pound for stray cattle

    • a fold or pen for sheep or cattle

  1. (tr) to gather or confine in or as if in a pinfold

Origin of pinfold

Old English pundfald, from pound ³ + fold ²

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