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Word of the Day – Pungle

By July 3, 2022Word of the Day

Pungle (verb)


(US informal) To hand over or come up with (money); to ‘shell out’. Also without object. Usually with down or up.

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Alta California (San Francisco). From Spanish póngale put it (sc the money) down from ponga, 3rd person present subjunctive of poner to put, to place, to wager, to bet + le, 3rd person singular direct object pronoun (now nonstandard with reference to non-human objects: see note).

Example sentences

“All we did was pungle up cash on one project or another.”

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