1. a small tin pan or saucepan with a long handle.
2. a small piece of inclosed (fenced or surrounded on all sides) ground.
1. to strive or struggle; to toil without much progress.
2. to dawdle or trifle with one's food; to eat with little appetite.
Etymology: The word seems to originate from Swedish pyngla, to toil with little effect. In use in English since at least the 1600s: "...great drinkers, who for the most part do (as we fay) but pingle at their meat, and eat little" - English naturalist John Ray.
According to The English Dialect Dictionary, pingling is "the act of struggling or striving for a livelihood...without much success". Now that's a word we could use in modern English.