Main definitions of thole in English

: thole1thole2

thole1

(also thole pin)

noun

  • A pin, typically one of a pair, fitted to the gunwale of a rowing boat and on which an oar pivots.

    • ‘He relates the importance of the thole, which secures the oar to the boat, and notes that towing was the expedition's worst job assignment.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dol.

Pronunciation

thole

/θəʊl/

Main definitions of thole in English

: thole1thole2

thole2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Scottish
archaic
  • Endure (something) without complaint or resistance; tolerate:

    ‘if there's one thing I can't thole it's a lie’
    • ‘You've just got to thole it because the clouds might disappear and suddenly you'll be busy.’
    • ‘They cannot thole the fact that the painting sold for £750,000.’
    • ‘I couldn't thole the voice, but I wouldn't mind the view, if you get my meaning.’
    • ‘But these are the perils of my profession, and I am happy to thole them for the privilege of attending some of the best sport around.’
    • ‘Perhaps because he had known hard times himself he could thole the hard times of the nation.’
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of
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Origin

Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

thole

/θəʊl/