Definition of pitchpole in English:

pitchpole

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verb

[no object] dialect
1.1 Nautical (Of a boat) be overturned so that its stern pitches forward over its bows: the boat pitchpoled and broke its mast
More example sentences
  • 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.

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Origin

mid 17th century (as a noun): from the verb pitch1 + poll.

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