post·​hole ˈpōst-ˌhōl How to pronounce posthole (audio)
: a hole dug for a post

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Upgrading Your Fence Game To install the screen, mark the post centers on the ground, and use a posthole digger or shovel to dig holes at least 30 in. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2021 Setting the Posts Use a posthole digger to dig the holes. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, 23 Oct. 2020 Magazine reviewers were generally favorable to the first Bronco, but there’s a reason the truck became a rural workhorse with an accessories catalog full of snowplows and posthole diggers. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 12 July 2020 Nearby, the remains of postholes mark the ghostly outlines of two longhouses. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 3 Dec. 2019 For more than an hour, the three humans dig postholes in the hard dirt, put up a fence and prepare the goats’ meal. Rachel Manteuffel, Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of posthole was in 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Posthole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


post·​hole ˈpōst-ˌhōl How to pronounce posthole (audio)
: a hole sunk in the ground to hold a fence post

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