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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.
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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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Related Words for catchpole

commissioner, nominee, deputy, envoy, member, minister, senator, ambassador, vicar, mouthpiece, viceroy, emissary, surrogate, spokesperson, appointee, rep, alternate, agent, plenipotentiary, proxy

Examples from the Web for catchpole

Historical Examples of catchpole

  • 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
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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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