see also: Thole
Pronunciation Verb

thole (tholes, present participle tholing; past and past participle tholed)

  1. (intransitive, dated) To suffer.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 14: Oxen of the Sun]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630 ↗; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483 ↗, page 368 ↗:
      Seventy beds keeps he there teeming mothers are wont that they lie for to thole and bring forth bairns hale so God’s angel to Mary quoth.
    • 1922, Francis Lynde, Pirates' Hope, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, page 115:
      That remark of Edith Van Tromp's, to the effect that the illusions would all be swept away, had its confirmation before we had tholed through the first week of our island captivity.
  2. (transitive, now, Northern England, Northern Ireland, Scotland) To endure, to put up with, to tolerate.
Synonyms Noun

thole (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, rare or regional) The ability to bear#Verb|bear or endure something; endurance, patience.
    He’s got no thole for nonsense.

thole (plural tholes)

  1. A pin#Noun|pin in the side#Noun|side of a boat which acts as a fulcrum for the oar#Noun|oars.
    • 1847 October 31, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, chapter II, in Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie, Boston, Mass.: William D. Ticknor & Company, OCLC 12526426 ↗, part II, lines 841–842:
      Swiftly they glided away, like the shade of a cloud on the prairie. / After the sound of their oars on the tholes had died in the distance, / As from a magic trance the sleepers awoke, {{...}
  2. A pin, or handle#Noun|handle, of the snath (shaft#Noun|shaft) of a scythe#Noun|scythe.
Synonyms Noun

thole (plural tholes)

  1. (architecture) A cupola, a dome, a rotunda; a tholus.
Related terms
  • tholobate

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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