Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An open fire in a fireplace.
  • noun A fireplace.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A favorite, particularly a male favorite, in a bad sense; a paramour.
  • noun In a general sense, a person beloved; a friend.
  • To wheedle; coax.
  • noun Fire; flame; blaze.
  • noun A household fire or fireplace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To cajole or coax; to wheedle. See engle.
  • noun obsolete A paramour; a favourite; a sweetheart; an engle.
  • noun Obs. or Scot. Flame; blaze; a fire; a fireplace.
  • noun the chimney corner.
  • noun the fireside.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A catamite.
  • verb obsolete To cajole or coax; to wheedle.
  • noun An open fireplace.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps Scottish Gaelic aingeal, fire, light.]

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Origin unknown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Origin uncertain; perhaps compare Scottish Gaelic aingeal ("fire, light").

Examples

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  • An open fire in a fireplace.

    A fireplace.

    (Perhaps Scottish Gaelic aingeal, fire, light.)

    August 21, 2007

  • Nice word!

    August 21, 2007

  • See also inglenook.

    January 28, 2009