Etymology (Meaning of Words)/meaning of "pingler"

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What does "pingler" mean? It was on Lyly's Euphues:
Judging all to be clowns which be no courtiers, and all to be pinglers, that be not coursers.
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Here is the definition from "The Oxford English Dictionary" --

To work in a trifling or ineffectual way; to meddle or have to do with in a petty way; to waste time, dally. Obs.

"Pingle," as a verb was first used in the English language in 1574.  It comes from a Dutch word that means "trivia."

A "pingler" is a person who wastes time, someone who does not accomplish very much.

EXAMPLE:  The little boy does not eat like other boys.  He pingles with his food, moving it from one area of his plate to another area.

In the 16th century, people from Scotland were called "pinglers."  The British thought the Scots were lazy and "good for nothing."

The dictionary lists the word as being "obsolete" today.

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