Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open fire in a fireplace.
  • n. A fireplace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An open fireplace.
  • n. A catamite.
  • v. To cajole or coax; to wheedle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Flame; blaze; a fire; a fireplace.
  • n. A paramour; a favourite; a sweetheart; an engle.
  • transitive v. To cajole or coax; to wheedle. See engle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fire; flame; blaze.
  • n. A household fire or fireplace.
  • n. A favorite, particularly a male favorite, in a bad sense; a paramour.
  • n. In a general sense, a person beloved; a friend.
  • To wheedle; coax.

Etymologies

Perhaps Scottish Gaelic aingeal, fire, light.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Scottish Gaelic aingeal ("fire, light"). (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • See also inglenook.

    January 28, 2009

  • Nice word!

    August 21, 2007

  • An open fire in a fireplace.
    A fireplace.

    (Perhaps Scottish Gaelic aingeal, fire, light.)

    August 21, 2007