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  1. a pin, or either of two pins, inserted into a gunwale to provide a fulcrum for an oar.
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Origin of thole1

before 900; Middle English tholle, Old English tholl; cognate with Low German dolle, Old Norse thollr; akin to Old Norse thǫll young fir-tree
Also called thole·pin [thohl-pin] /ˈθoʊlˌpɪn/.


verb (used with object), tholed, thol·ing. Chiefly Scot.
  1. to suffer; bear; endure.
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Origin of thole2

before 900; Middle English tholen, Old English tholian; cognate with Old Norse thola, Gothic thulan; akin to Latin tolerāre (see tolerate), Greek tlênai to bear, endure
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Historical Examples

  • The thole pins were in place, and the oars laid lengthwise on its thwarts.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And it is well understood by all of them that thou cannot thole an obligation.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Anyway, the one thing the examiners will not thole is a body that dithers.

  • But though he could thole, his anger against John was none the less.

  • But they were still far from Skeighan, and Gourlay had much to thole.

British Dictionary definitions for thole


tholepin (ˈθəʊlˌpɪn)

  1. a wooden pin or one of a pair, set upright in the gunwales of a rowing boat to serve as a fulcrum in rowing
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Word Origin

Old English tholl, related to Middle Low German dolle, Norwegian toll, Icelandic thollr


  1. (tr) Scot and Northern English dialect to put up with; bear
  2. an archaic word for suffer
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Word Origin

Old English tholian; related to Old Saxon, Old High German tholōn, Old Norse thola to endure: compare Latin tollere to bear up
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Word Origin and History for thole


"to be subjected to or exposed to, to endure without complaint," now Scottish and Northern English dialect, from Old English þolian, from Proto-Germanic stem *thul- (cf. Old Saxon tholon, Old High German dolon, German geduld, Old Norse þola, Gothic þulan), cognate with Latin tolerare (see toleration).

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"peg," from Old English þoll, from Proto-Germanic *thulnaz (cf. Old Norse þollr, Middle Low German dolle, East Frisian dolle, Dutch dol), of unknown origin. No record of the word in English from c.1000 to mid-15c.

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