catchpole

noun
catch·​pole | \ ˈkach-ˌpōl How to pronounce catchpole (audio) , ˈkech- \
variants: or catchpoll

Definition of catchpole

: a sheriff's deputy especially : one who makes arrests for failure to pay a debt

First Known Use of catchpole

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catchpole

Middle English cacchepol, from Anglo-French cachepole, literally, chicken chaser, from cacher + pol chicken, from Latin pullus — more at catch, pullet

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“Catchpole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchpole. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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