Definition of pindling in US English:

pindling

(also pindlin', pindlin)

adjective

Regional
  • US regional (chiefly New England and south Midland). Sickly, delicate; puny. Also occasionally: trifling, insignificant.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

pindling

/ˈpɪndlɪŋ/