pointel2 (c.1300)

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pointel2 (c.1300)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *9,574a puncta; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF:  point (pointel) / point (pointele); DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED:  pointel n.; DMLBS: 2331a pointellus ]
pointelle,  poyntel  

The editor of Port Bks suggests the word is a diminutive of point1 (cf. P. Studer, ‘Étude sur quelques vocables anglo-normands’, Modern Language Review 6 (1911) 174-82 (p. 180). MED includes this sense sub pointel, and also DEAF currently arrange the word sub point. However, the etymology remains unclear.


1weightunitunit of measure used for woad (apparently varying between one half or three stone)
( c.1300 )  De la pointelle (corrects original manuscript reading ‘piere’) de wolde  ii 10n
( a.1399 )  Welde [...] .iij. ston facent un poyntel et si le poyntel, ob.  pointel n.
( 1430 )  .xxiiij. pointels de wold, pois .iiijc. – cust. .xvj. d.  100.543
poignanment  poignant  poigné#1  poindre#1  point#1  pointeié  pointel#1  pointelé  pointement  pointer#1  pointerole  pointet  pointing  pointur#1  pointure 
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