- a tool, usually club-shaped, used to pound or grind substances in a mortar
- any of several tools for pounding, grinding, or stamping
Origin of pestleMiddle English pestel from Old French from Classical Latin pistillum from pinsere, to pound from Indo-European base an unverified form pis-, to pound, crush from source Classical Greek ptissein, to stamp
intransitive verb-·tled, -·tling
- A club-shaped, handheld tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
- A large bar moved vertically to stamp or pound, as in a press or mill.
verbpes·tled, pes·tling, pes·tles
Origin of pestleMiddle English pestel from Old French from Latin pistillum
pestle (foreground) and mortar (background)
(third-person singular simple present pestles, present participle pestling, simple past and past participle pestled)