Origin of pintleMiddle English pintil, penis from Old English pintel, diminutive of pinn: see pin
- A pin or a bolt on which another part pivots.
- Nautical The pin on which a rudder turns.
- The pin on which a gun carriage revolves.
- A hook or a bolt on the rear of a towing vehicle for attaching a gun or trailer.
Origin of pintleMiddle English pintel penis from Old English
From Middle English pintil, from Old English pintel (“penis"), from Proto-Germanic *pint- (“protusion"), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“peg, tip, protruding point, edge"), equivalent to pin +"Ž -le. Cognate with Middle Low German pint (“male member, penis"), West Flemish pint (“tip"), Norwegian dialectal pintol (“penis"). More at pin, pen.