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thole

play
verb, \ˈthōl\

Definition of thole

tholedtholing

chiefly dialect

  1. :  endure



Did You Know?

Thole is one of the English language's oldest words - it existed in Middle English in its current form and in Old English with the form "tholian" - but in these modern times it tholes only in the corners of England's northern dialects. It has the same origin as "tolerate": both come from the Greek word tlēnai, meaning "to bear." Unrelated to this "thole" is the (also very old) noun "thole," which can be used as a synonym of "peg" or "pin" or can refer to either of a pair of pins set in the gunwale of a boat to hold an oar in place. This "thole" comes from Greek tylos, meaning "knob" or "callus."

Origin of thole

Middle English, from Old English tholian — more at tolerate


First Known Use: before 12th century


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thole

noun

Definition of thole

  1. 1 :  either of a pair of pins set in the gunwale of a boat to hold an oar in place

  2. 2 :  peg, pin



Origin of thole

Middle English tholle, from Old English thol; akin to Old Norse thollr fir tree, peg, Greek tylos knob, callus


First Known Use: before 12th century

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