Forms: ME hointer, ME ointer, ME oyncter, ME oynter.
Etymology: Apparently < oint v. + -er suffix1 (although the verb is first attested later). Compare Middle French oinctier , ointier (14th cent.), post-classical Latin unctarius (late 13th cent. in British and continental sources), unctor (1407 in Du Cange).
A dealer in grease, lard, tallow, etc.
1263 in B. Thuresson Middle Eng. Occup. Terms (1950) 200 Eylewyn le Ointer.
1277 in R. R. Sharpe Cal. Lett.-bks. London (1900) B. 266 [William de Langele], oynter.
1281–2 in R. R. Sharpe Cal. Lett.-bks. London (1899) A. 48 [Michael de St. Alban], oyncter.