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.’
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dol.
verb[with object]archaic Scottish
Endure (something) without complaint or resistance; tolerate.‘if there's one thing I can't thole it's a lie’
allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of
- ‘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.’
- ‘Perhaps because he had known hard times himself he could thole the hard times of the nation.’
- ‘You've just got to thole it because the clouds might disappear and suddenly you'll be busy.’
- ‘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.’
Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.