pawning goods without consent of the owner is punishable by forfeiture of 20s.
The conditions of the country suggest a reason for the pawning of wives.
"It is an unfortunate business, the pawning them watches and things which you had never paid for," continued the lawyer.
The answer was that by pawning some books ten shillings had been raised.
The minster contributed to the ransom of Richard I., pawning a golden cross which Roger had given.
I have done worse than you, Harry, for I am pawning my estate, piecemeal.
As for pawning or selling it—it would have gone very hard with the young couple to do that if it had been possible.
This is called the system of pawning, and the people so sold, pawns.
Goods pawned are forfeited on the expiration of a year, exclusive of the date of pawning.
I can see him pawning the watch and chain given him by his parents.
"something left as security," late 15c. (mid-12c. as Anglo-Latin pandum), from Old French pan, pant "pledge, security," also "booty, plunder," perhaps from Frankish or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German pfant, German Pfand, Middle Dutch pant, Old Frisian pand "pledge"), from West Germanic *panda, of unknown origin.
The Old French word is identical to pan "cloth, piece of cloth," from Latin pannum (nominative pannus) "cloth, piece of cloth, garment" and Klein's sources feel this is the source of both the Old French and West Germanic words (perhaps on the notion of cloth used as a medium of exchange).
lowly chess piece, late 14c., from Anglo-French poun, Old French peon, earlier pehon, from Medieval Latin pedonem "foot soldier," from Late Latin pedonem (nominative pedo) "one going on foot," from Latin pes (genitive pedis) "foot" (see foot (n.)). The chess sense was in Old French by 13c. Figurative use, of persons, is from 1580s.
"to give (something) as security in exchange for," 1560s, from pawn (n.1). Related: Pawned; pawning.