Perhaps from a Flemish dialect of Dutch windtelen (“to reel”); compare wentelen.
wintle (third-person singular simple present wintles, present participle wintling, simple past and past participle wintled)
- (Scotland) To wind, to reel.
- c. 1688-1746, Author not recorded, Cumberland and Murray's Descent into Hell, 1861, Charles Mackay (editor), The Jacobite Songs and Ballads of Scotland from 1688 to 1746, page 266,
- The worm of hell, which never dies, / In wintled coil writhes up and fries.
- 1974, Austin Clarke, quoted in 1981, G. Craig Tapping, Austin Clarke: A Study of His Writings, page 282,
- Along the cliffs a breeze wintled.
- (Scotland) To stagger, to sway or rock.
- (Scotland) To tumble, to capsize.
- (Scotland) To wriggle.
- 2002, Micaela Gilchrist, The Good Journey, US, page 222,
- Miss Radford wintled across the floor on her bottom until she slumped beside Eloise, who rolled her eyes and bared her lower teeth.
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967