pintle

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pintil, from Old English pintel (penis), from Proto-Germanic *pint- (protrusion), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (peg, tip, protruding point, edge), equivalent to pin +‎ -le. Cognate with Middle Low German pint (male member, penis), West Flemish pint (tip), Norwegian dialectal pintol (penis). More at pin, pen.

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pintle (plural pintles)

  1. (now dialectal) The penis.
  2. A pin or bolt, usually vertical, which acts as a pivot for a hinge or a rudder.
    • 2005, James Meek, The People’s Act of Love, Canongate (2006), page 31:
      The train had a searchlight mounted on a pintle on a flat car.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.
  3. (gunnery) An iron pin used to control recoil of a cannon or around which a gun carriage revolves.

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