Definition of pitchpole in English:


Syllabification: pitch·pole
Pronunciation: /ˈpiCHˌpōl


[no object] dialect
  • 1Somersault.
  • 1.1 Nautical (Of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bow.
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    • 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 pitch1 + poll.

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