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fangle

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English fangelen (verb), from fangel (inclined to take, adj), from Old English *fangol, *fangel (inclined to take), from fōn (to take, seize). Compare Old English andfangol (undertaker, contractor), Old English underfangelnes (undertaking, hospitality), Middle English fangen (to take, seize, catch). More at fang, onfang.

VerbEdit

fangle (third-person singular simple present fangles, present participle fangling, simple past and past participle fangled)

  1. (obsolete or dialectal) To fashion, manufacture, invent, or create.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      To control and new fangle the Scripture.
  2. (obsolete or dialectal) To trim showily; entangle; hang about.
  3. (obsolete or dialectal) To waste time; trifle.
Usage notesEdit

Although obsolete in general English, the verb is still occasionally used in some regions, and is retained in the expression new fangled.

Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Derived erroneously from new-fangle (adj) as if new + fangle (noun). See newfangle.

NounEdit

fangle (plural fangles)

  1. (obsolete) A prop; a taking up; a new thing.
  2. Something newly fashioned; a novelty, a new fancy.
  3. A foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.
  4. A conceit; whim.

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