Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

PENURE, n. Also pin(n)er, -ar, peinor. In comb. penure-pig, pinner-, peinor-, a slotted earthenware money-box for small savings, used esp. by children (w.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Ayr. 1956); fig., a miser, one who hoards money, only in Galt. See also Pig, Pint, Pyne-pig, Pirl, Pirn. [′pɛnər, ′pəinər] Sc. a.1800 Mary Hamilton in Child Ballads No. 173 B. vii.:
I put it in a piner-pig.
Ayr. 1826 Galt Lairds xiv.:
Yon twa wizzent and gaizent penure pigs o' Barrenbraes.
Ayr. 1836 Galt in Tait's Mag. (June) 393:
The jingle of my peinor pig told, in sterling language, that erranding was an effectual calling.
Gsw. 1856 J. Strang Gsw. Clubs 491:
For many years he kept a large vase, or pinnar-pig, into which he deposited his literary scraps.
Gsw. 1913 Old Gsw. Club II. v. 310:
Children's money-boxes were called “pinner pigs”.

[Appar. a reduced form of Eng. penury. The form penur, penury, is found in Eng. in 15th c.; for the form pinner, cf. n.Eng. dial. pinner, to pinch or stint, which is appar. the same word.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Penure n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 26 Sep 2020 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND: