One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who makes pins or nails; a pinmaker.
1A close-fitting cap worn by women (especially of high social status) in the 17th and 18th centuries, having a long flap or lappet on either side, sometimes worn fastened on the breast or pinned up on the head.
2An apron, usually with a bib; a pinafore. Compare "pinny". Now historical and rare.
3A person who fastens or attaches something with a pin; specifically a person who pins pieces of paper bearing songs on a board, wall, etc., and offers them for sale (now historical).
4A person who inserts the pins in the revolving cylinder of a barrel organ or (occasionally) a musical box.
Middle English. From pin + -er<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Of Good & Perfect Remembrance: Bolton Wills & Inventories. From pin + -er.
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