From Middle English fangelen (verb), from fangel (“inclined to take”, adjective), from Old English *fangol, *fangel (“inclined to take”), from fōn (“to take, seize”). Compare Old English andfangol (“undertaker, contractor”), Old English underfangelnes (“undertaking, hospitality”), Middle English fangen (“to take, seize, catch”), German fangen (“to catch”). More at fang, onfang.
- (obsolete or dialectal) To fashion, manufacture, invent, or create.
- (obsolete or dialectal) To trim showily; entangle; hang about.
- (obsolete or dialectal) To waste time; trifle.
Although obsolete in general English, the verb is still occasionally used in some regions, and is retained in the expression newfangled.
fangle (plural fangles)
- (obsolete) A prop; a taking up; a new thing.
- Something newly fashioned; a novelty, a new fancy.
- A foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.
- A conceit; whim.