From Middle English pintil, from Old English pintel (“penis”), from Proto-Germanic *pint- (“protrusion”), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“peg, tip, protruding point, edge”), equivalent to pin + -le. Cognate with Middle Low German pint (“male member, penis”), West Flemish pint (“tip”), Norwegian dialectal pintol (“penis”). More at pin, pen.
pintle (plural pintles)
- (now dialectal) The penis, or tarse.
- (nautical) A pin or bolt, usually vertical, which acts as a pivot for a hinge or a rudder.
- (gunnery) An iron pin used to control recoil of a cannon or around which a gun carriage revolves.