Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

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Synonyms of Thole

oarlock, peg, pin, rowlock, tholepin

Alternate forms of Thole

Hypernyms: holder

Origin of the word Thole

  1. "to be subjected to or exposed to, to endure without complaint," now Scottish and Northern Eng. dial., from O.E. ?olian, from P.Gmc. stem *thul- (cf. O.S. tholon, O.H.G. dolon, Ger. geduld, O.N. ?ola, Goth. ?ulan), cognate with L. tolerare (see toleration). more
  2. "peg," from O.E. ?oll, from P.Gmc. *thulnaz (cf. O.N. ?ollr, M.L.G. dolle, E.Fris. dolle, Du. dol), of unknown origin. No record of the word in Eng. from c.1000 to c.1440. more

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