ointer, n.

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.