thole

1
[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. thjórsá,
  2. tho,
  3. tho',
  4. thohoyandou,
  5. thokk,
  6. tholeiite,
  7. tholobate,
  8. tholos,
  9. tholus,
  10. thoma's ampulla

Origin of thole

1
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/.

thole

2
[ thohl ]
/ θoʊl /

verb (used with object), tholed, thol·ing. Chiefly Scot.

to suffer; bear; endure.

Origin of thole

2
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

thole

1

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

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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Word Origin and History for thole
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