1) A regional form of ‘an agnail’, an Old English word for a corn or painful swelling.

Wright has references from 1790 and offers several different definitions, mostly to soreness associated with finger-nails: c.1688 how to cure nangnailes – paire your nangnailes well and then take turpen[tine], Conistone. Highlands Lane in Halifax was known as Nang Nail Lane until residents appealed for it to be changed in the 1960s.

places Conistone
dates 1688

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