Definition of pitchpole in English:



[NO OBJECT]dialect
  • 1 Somersault.

    1. 1.1Nautical (of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bow.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's all fun and games until something breaks or the boat pitchpoles.’


Mid 17th century (as a noun, originally dialect): from the verb pitch + poll.