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A small field or enclosure.
- ‘In Norfolk, where he lived, a small field or enclosure is known as a "pightle."’
- ‘He had a house on a pightle of pasture of just over 2 acres where, no doubt, he kept a cow, a few chickens and geese and a pig.’
- ‘Passing by your broad acres this fine morning we saw a pightle, which we deemed would suit.’
- ‘That was my Granny's house behind the Dacks' and a pightie at the back - we used to call them pightles, you'd call them meadows.’
- ‘This date is supported by the deeds to the property, the first of which, of 1729 refers to a newly built cottage and a pightle of land.’
Middle English: origin obscure, apparently diminutive.
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