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First published 1983 (DOST Vol. V).
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Pinnage, n.1 Also: pin-, pynn- and -ag, -adge, -ege; pennage. [Sc. var. of Pinnas n., with altered ending.]

1. A pinnace, a small light ship.Often in attendance on a larger vessel as a tender, scout, etc.' (OED.). 1557 Admir. Ct. Bk. (St. S.) 2.
Capitane of Gilbert Loganis pynnage
1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 12.
For furnissing and rigging furth of ane schip or pynnage with xl men hagbuttaris and convenient munitioun and provisioun
1570 Leslie 196.
Ane gallay and her pinneges that rolled with ares neir unto the shore
a1578 Pitsc. II. 185/6.
The Erle Bothwell come furth of Flanderis in ane pinag
1579, 1617 Despauter (1579).
Phaselus, a barge or pinnage
1610 Breadalbane Lett. (Reg. H.) 21 July.
Our Leyth shippis hes taine the great ship of the pirrattis … bot the pinnage hes eschapped
c 1614 Melrose P. 597 (see Hoey n.).
1615 Crim. Trials III. 277.
Tua schipis and ane pynnadge
c1650 Spalding II. 170.
He plantis his muskatis so that none pynnage nor boit durst cum neir his schip
(b) 1580–1 Cal. Sc. P. V. 598.
Tane be hir majesteis pennageis [pr. penmageis] callit the Skout

2. In fig. context: (One's) pretty pinnage, applied to a woman. a1568 Bann. MS. 210 b/2.
I must … leive my prettie pinnage to ȝour guyde, Look wele about yow, lippen hir to none
a 1568 Sempill Sat. P. xlvi. 57.
Now is my pretty pynnege reddy … Bot be scho emptie … Scho will be kittill of hir dok

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