catch·​pole ˈkach-ˌpōl How to pronounce catchpole (audio)
variants or catchpoll
: a sheriff's deputy
especially : one who makes arrests for failure to pay a debt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The alligator can be seen thrashing on the ground near the ATM after one officer gets his catchpole on it. Fox News, 2 Sep. 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catchpole was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Catchpole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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