• Fangle


    • IPA: /ˈfæŋ.ɡəl/
    • (also) US IPA: /ˈfeɪŋ.ɡəl/
    • Rhymes: -æŋɡəl

    Origin 1

    From Middle English fangelen, from fangel ("inclined to take", adjective.), from Old English *fangol, *fangel ("inclined to take"), from fōn ("to take, seize"). Compare Old English andfangol ("undertaker, contractor"), Old English underfangelnes ("undertaking, hospitality"), Middle English fangen ("to take, seize, catch"). More at fang, onfang.

    Full definition of fangle


    1. (obsolete or dialectal) To fashion, manufacture, invent, or create.
      • unknown date John MiltonTo control and new fangle the Scripture.
    2. (obsolete or dialectal) To trim showily; entangle; hang about.
    3. (obsolete or dialectal) To waste time; trifle.

    Usage notes

    Although obsolete in general English, the verb is still occasionally used in some regions, and is retained in the expression new fangled.

    Origin 2

    Derived erroneously from new-fangle as if new + fangle. See newfangle.



    (plural fangles)
    1. (obsolete) A prop; a taking up; a new thing.
    2. Something newly fashioned; a novelty, a new fancy.
    3. A foolish innovation; a gewgaw; a trifling ornament.
    4. A conceit; whim.


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