Meaning of wittol in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɪt(ə)l/


  • A man who is aware and tolerant of his wife's infidelity; an acquiescent cuckold.

    ‘Additionally, Cleopatra brought ruin to Caesar and, later, Mark Anthony, probably making wittols of them both.’
    • ‘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.’


Late Middle English apparently from wit + the last syllable (with the loss of -d) of cuckold.