catchpole

or catch·poll

[ kach-pohl ]
/ ˈkætʃˌpoʊl /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. catchment,
  2. catchment area,
  3. catchment board,
  4. catchpenny,
  5. catchphrase,
  6. catchpoll,
  7. catchup,
  8. catchwater drain,
  9. catchweed,
  10. catchweight

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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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)

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