One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who is aware and tolerant of his wife's infidelity; an acquiescent cuckold.
- ‘Galafro, King of Spain, persuaded by the words of a chiromantist, who affirmed that his wife would make a wittol of him, builds a tower in which to keep his wife, but she is in the end cozened and enjoyed by Galeotto, the son of Diego, King of Castile.’
- ‘Additionally, Cleopatra brought ruin to Caesar and, later, Mark Anthony, probably making wittols of them both.’
Late Middle English: apparently from wit + the last syllable (with the loss of -d) of cuckold.
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