(also thole pin)
- A pin, typically one of a pair, fitted to the gunwale of a rowing boat and on which an oar pivots.More example sentences
- 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] Scottish or • archaic
- Endure (something) without complaint or resistance; tolerate: if there’s one thing I can’t thole it’s a lieMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.