- a pin, or either of two pins, inserted into a gunwale to provide a fulcrum for an oar.
Origin of thole1
- to suffer; bear; endure.
Origin of thole2
Examples from the Web for thole
The thole pins were in place, and the oars laid lengthwise on its thwarts.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
And it is well understood by all of them that thou cannot thole an obligation.An Orkney Maid
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Anyway, the one thing the examiners will not thole is a body that dithers.The Right Stuff
But though he could thole, his anger against John was none the less.
But they were still far from Skeighan, and Gourlay had much to thole.
- a wooden pin or one of a pair, set upright in the gunwales of a rowing boat to serve as a fulcrum in rowing
- (tr) Scot and Northern English dialect to put up with; bear
- an archaic word for suffer
Word Origin and History for thole
"to be subjected to or exposed to, to endure without complaint," now Scottish and Northern English dialect, from Old English þolian, from Proto-Germanic stem *thul- (cf. Old Saxon tholon, Old High German dolon, German geduld, Old Norse þola, Gothic þulan), cognate with Latin tolerare (see toleration).
"peg," from Old English þoll, from Proto-Germanic *thulnaz (cf. Old Norse þollr, Middle Low German dolle, East Frisian dolle, Dutch dol), of unknown origin. No record of the word in English from c.1000 to mid-15c.