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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Scottish Gaelic aingeal (fire, light).


ingle (plural ingles)

  1. (obsolete or Scotland) An open fireplace.
    Fast by an ingle, bleezing finely,
Wi' reaming swats, that drank divinely
Robert Burns, "Tam O'Shanter"
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.


ingle (plural ingles)

  1. A catamite.
    • 1926, T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom:
      Abd el Kader called them whoresons, ingle's accidents, sons of a bitch, profiteering cuckolds and pimps, jetting his insults broadcast to the roomfull.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 318:
      My dear Rob, my beloved was known as Moustache to her ingles!

Etymology 3[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


ingle (plural ingles)

  1. (obsolete) A paramour; a favourite; a sweetheart.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Toone to this entry?)


ingle (third-person singular simple present ingles, present participle ingling, simple past and past participle ingled)

  1. (obsolete) To cajole or coax; to wheedle.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for ingle in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Alternative forms[edit]


From Latin inguen, inguinis.


ingle f (plural ingles)

  1. (anatomy) groin