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  1. a pin or bolt, especially one on which something turns, as the gudgeon of a hinge.
  2. a pin, bolt, or hook by which a gun or the like is attached to the rear of a towing vehicle.
  3. a cast iron or steel base for a wooden post, often cast in a single piece with a cap for a lower post.
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Origin of pintle

before 1100; Middle English pintel penis, Old English; cognate with Old Danish pintel
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Examples from the Web for pintle

Historical Examples

  • The pintle (Fig. 163) should be fitted before the painting is started.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • The "acorn" is the head of the "pintle" or pin that passes thru the knuckle.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • A speek was a large nail; a pintle, then as now, a rudder-pin.

  • Before I could thank my stars, the pintle, or hook on which the rudder hangs, broke off.

  • Charlie, tell him what's wanted; we can't work the pintle in from the deck.

British Dictionary definitions for pintle


  1. a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge
  2. the link bolt, hook, or pin on a vehicle's towing bracket
  3. the needle or plunger of the injection valve of an oil engine
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Word Origin

Old English pintel penis
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