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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pay or hand over; to shell out

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To poke; push.
  • To take pains; labor assiduously with little progress.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



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  • The Century Dictionary definition provided with the Word of the Day notification is at odds with all other sources. They seem to have mistaken a word that means to meet successfully, although with difficulty, a financial (originally gambling) or other obligation for one that means to labor fruitlessly at any task.

    The Century eds. have been rash.
    The def. and the usages clash.
    The entry for "pungle"
    Is wholly a bungle.
    The word means "come up with cash."

    See the entry at The Dictionary of American Regional English.

    September 1, 2014

  • To shell out; plunk down (money); to pay up. From Spanish Poner, to put; pongale: "put it down".

    June 14, 2009