One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
US regional (chiefly New England and south Midland). Sickly, delicate; puny. Also occasionally: trifling, insignificant.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896), author. Origin uncertain; perhaps from pine + -le + -ing, or perhaps a variant of pingling; perhaps compare also piddling.
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