Main meanings of thole in English

: thole1thole2

thole1

(also thole pin)

Pronunciation /θəʊl/

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.

Main meanings of thole in English

: thole1thole2

thole2

Pronunciation /θəʊl/

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’
    • ‘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.’
    allow, permit, authorize, sanction, condone, indulge, agree to, accede to, approve of

Origin

Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.