catchpole

or catch·poll

[ kach-pohl ]
/ ˈkætʃˌpoʊl /

noun

(formerly) a petty officer of justice, especially one arresting persons for debt.

QUIZZES

LEARN THE SPANISH WORDS FOR THESE COMMON ANIMALS!

Are you learning Spanish? Or do you just have an interest in foreign languages? Either way, this quiz on Spanish words for animals is for you.
Question 1 of 13
How do you say “cat” 🐈 in Spanish?

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

OTHER WORDS FROM catchpole

catch·pol·er·y, catch·poll·er·y, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for catchpole

British Dictionary definitions for catchpole

catchpole

catchpoll

/ (ˈkætʃˌpəʊl) /

noun

(in medieval England) a sheriff's officer who arrested debtors

Word Origin for catchpole

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