One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- 1.1Nautical (of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bows.‘the boat pitchpoled and broke its mast’
lurch, toss, toss about, plunge, roll, reel, sway, rock, flounder, keel, list, wallow, labourView synonyms
- ‘It's all fun and games until something breaks or the boat pitchpoles.’
- ‘Nor is it as frightening as the one that befell Steve Fossett's boat when the mainsail got stuck in a building gale and the boat nearly pitchpoled.’
- ‘Stubb takes after it in the process of pitchpoling; with a long lance, connected to a length of rope, he darts the whale, then pulls the lance back, and repeats the process.’
- 1.1Nautical (of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bows.
Mid 17th century (as a noun): from the verb pitch + poll.
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