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wittol

[ wit-l ]
/ ˈwɪt l /
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noun Archaic.

a man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.

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Origin of wittol

1400–50; late Middle English wetewold, equivalent to wetewit2 + (coke)woldcuckold
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British Dictionary definitions for wittol

wittol
/ (ˈwɪtəl) /

noun

obsolete a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness

Word Origin for wittol

C15 wetewold, from witen to know (see wit ²) + -wold, perhaps from cokewold cuckold
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