There are 2 main definitions of thole in English:

Share this entry

thole 1

Line breaks: thole
Pronunciation: /θəʊl/
(also thole pin)

noun

A pin, typically one of a pair, fitted to the gunwale of a rowing boat and on which an oar pivots.
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.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dol.

Words that rhyme with thole

barcarole, bole, bowl, cajole, coal, Cole, condole, console, control, dhole, dole, droll, enrol (US enroll), extol, foal, goal, hole, Joel, knoll, kohl, mol, mole, Nicole, parol, parole, patrol, pole, poll, prole, rôle, roll, scroll, Seoul, shoal, skoal, sole, soul, stole, stroll, Tirol, toad-in-the-hole, toll, troll, vole, whole

Definition of thole in:

Share this entry

 

There are 2 main definitions of thole in English:

Share this entry

thole 2 Line breaks: thole
Pronunciation: /θəʊl/

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 lie
More 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.

Origin

Old English tholian, of Germanic origin.

Definition of thole in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources