a close male friend or favourite; a confidant;
also (derogatory), a subservient lover, especially a homosexual one ...1602 obs.
to fondle or caress lovingly or intimately ...1659 obs. rare
a variant of ingle (n. a lover, a sexual partner, especially a boy or young man who is made use of as a (typically passive) sexual partner by an older man; generally, a (younger) passive partner in homosexual anal intercourse)
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1602 - see EXAMPLE below
"...Horace, Horace, my sweet ningle, is alwayes in labour when I come, the nine Muses be his midwiues, I pray Iupiter: Ningle!..."
From: Satiro-Mastix. Or The Vntrussing of the Humorous Poet As it Hath Bin Presented Publikely, by the Right Honorable, the Lord Chamberlaine his Seruants; and Priuately, by the Children of Paules
- Thomas Dekker