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[kaw-fuh l, kof-uh l]
  1. a line of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained and driven along together.
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verb (used with object), cof·fled, cof·fling.
  1. to chain in a coffle.
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Examples from the Web for coffle

Historical Examples

  • He was not only walking by the Broadway coffle, he was creeping by.

    Literature and Life

    William Dean Howells

  • Of course they are closer or wider apart in the coffle, according to the number to be coffled, and to the length of the chain.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4

    American Anti-Slavery Society

  • The overseer had bought some slaves at Selma, from a drove or coffle passing through the place.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

    American Anti-Slavery Society

  • He was collecting a coffle of slaves, with a view to sell them to the Europeans on the Gambia as soon as the rains should be over.

  • I found him sitting in his baloon, surrounded by several slatees who proposed to join the coffle.

British Dictionary definitions for coffle


  1. (esp formerly) a line of slaves, beasts, etc, fastened together
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Word Origin

C18: from Arabic qāfilah caravan
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