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catchpole

or catch·poll

[kach-pohl]
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noun
  1. (formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.

Origin of catchpole

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 formscatch·pol·er·y, catch·poll·er·y, noun
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Examples from the Web for catchpole

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • I do not blame her so much, though, as I do that wretch of a Catchpole.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for catchpole

catchpole

catchpoll

noun
  1. (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)
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