pun·​gle ˈpəŋ-gəl How to pronounce pungle (audio)
pungled; pungling ˈpəŋ-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce pungle (audio)

transitive verb

: to make a payment or contribution of (money)
usually used with up

intransitive verb

: pay, contribute
usually used with up

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Pungle is from the Spanish word póngale, meaning "put it down," which itself is from the verb poner, meaning "to put" or "to place," and, more specifically, "to wager" or "to bet." The earliest uses of pungle are from the mid-1800s and are in reference to anteing up in games of chance. It did not take long for the word to be used in other contexts. We find it, for example, in Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) when Huck's father says: "I'll make [Judge Thatcher] pungle, too, or I'll know the reason why." Nowadays, pungle is mainly used in the western part of the United States.

Word History


Spanish póngale put it down

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of pungle was in 1851


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Cite this Entry

“Pungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pungle. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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