treenail or tre·nail, trun·nel [tree-neyl, tren-l, truhn-l] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a wooden pin that swells when moist, used for fastening together timbers, as those of ships.
Origin of treenail First recorded in 1250–1300, treenail is from the Middle English word trenayl. See, Examples from the Web for treenail Historical Examples of treenail
“The ship has sent up these rockets to warn us of our danger,” said Mr Treenail.
“Thank God, they have retreated after all,” said Mr Treenail.
Treenail was coolness itself, and I aped him as well as I could.
True enough, Treenail; so the sooner we make a dash through the opening the better.
“My lads, we are now sure of your game,” sung out Treenail, with great animation.
British Dictionary definitions for treenail treenail trenail trunnel (ˈtrʌnəl) noun
- a dowel used for pinning planks or timbers together