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thole

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[ thohl ]
/ θoʊl /
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noun
a pin, or either of two pins, inserted into a gunwale to provide a fulcrum for an oar.
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Also called thole·pin [thohl-pin]. /ˈθoʊlˌpɪn/.

Origin of thole

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before 900; Middle English tholle,Old English tholl; cognate with Low German dolle,Old Norse thollr; akin to Old Norse thǫll young fir-tree

Other definitions for thole (2 of 2)

thole2
[ thohl ]
/ θoʊl /

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

Origin of thole

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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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British Dictionary definitions for thole (1 of 2)

thole1

tholepin (ˈθəʊlˌpɪn)

/ (θəʊl) /

noun
a wooden pin or one of a pair, set upright in the gunwales of a rowing boat to serve as a fulcrum in rowing

Word Origin for thole

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

British Dictionary definitions for thole (2 of 2)

thole2
/ (θəʊl) /

verb
(tr) Scot and Northern English dialect to put up with; bear
an archaic word for suffer

Word Origin for thole

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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