- a man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.
Origin of wittol
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We jest had180 time to wittol the boats and stand for the shore.The Wreck of the Grosvenor, Volume 2 of 3
William Clark Russell
She would not quit the estate and title of the wittol who had wedded her.Kenilworth
Sir Walter Scott
A wittol, a barber, and a bald-headed man travelled together.
There are cases in which we may pretend to sleep; but the wittol rule has some sense in it, Non omnibus dormio.
Wittol, wit′ol, n. one who knows his wife's faithlessness, and submits to it.
- obsolete a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness
C15 wetewold, from witen to know (see wit ²) + -wold, perhaps from cokewold cuckold
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