Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


or catchpoll

[kach-pohl] /ˈkætʃˌpoʊl/
(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.
Origin of catchpole
late Old English
before 1050; Middle English cacchepol, late Old English cæcephol < Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally, chase-fowl, equivalent to cace- (< Old North French; see catch) + pollus < Latin pullus chick; see pullet
Related forms
catchpolery, catchpollery, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for catchpole
Historical Examples
  • I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a catchpole.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • Mr. catchpole, this assumes a very—I may say—painful aspect.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • You can tell Mr. catchpole his master wishes to see him here.

    Catharine Furze Mark Rutherford
  • They were all immediately informed that a catchpole was housed.

  • If that's all right, Mr. catchpole will give you your agreement.

    Paul Kelver Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
  • The administration of justice occupied a horde of officials, from the Justice down to the catchpole.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley
  • The name she had chosen was catchpole; and it still survived as an identifying force, if called on.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
  • You must know, that he that made the escape and the catchpole are a couple of ancient friends and pot-companions.

  • catchpole, the landlord of a small inn, two miles from the Dingle, and not far from Willenhall in Staffordshire.

    Isopel Berners George Borrow
  • They arrested that catchpole: they led him to the place where he had offended: and there they made an example of him.

    South London Sir Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for catchpole


(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors
Word Origin
Old English cæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus tax-gatherer, literally: chicken-chaser, from cace-catch + pollus (from Latin pullus chick)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for catchpole

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for catchpole

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for catchpole