pungle

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

Definition of pungle

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: pay, contribute usually used with up

Did you know?

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.

First Known Use of pungle

1851, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for pungle

Spanish póngale put it down

Learn More About pungle

Listen to Our Podcast About pungle

Dictionary Entries Near pungle

pungitive

pungle

Punic

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for pungle

Cite this Entry

“Pungle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pungle. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!