also PENCEFUL(L), PENCIFUL, PENCYFULL, PENSEFUL, PENSYFUL
1. thoughtful, meditative; anxious; melancholy, sorrowful ...c1450 obs. exc. Eng. dial.
2. proud, conceited, giving oneself airs ...1825 Sc.
from pense (n.) thought (obs.) or pensée (n.) a thought + -ful
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
c1450 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Than the kyng was in a grete thought and pensyfull, bothe of the yonge mannes name and of the semblaunce of hys vysage un to hys wide, hys owne moder..."
From: Originals and Analogues of some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Trivet's Story of Constance
- Edited by Frederick James Furnivall, Edmund Brock, and William Alexander Clouston