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n. Archaic
A man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.

[Middle English wetewold : weten, to know (from Old English witan; see wit2) + (coke)wold, cuckold; see cuckold.]


obsolete a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness
[C15 wetewold, from witen to know (see wit2) + -wold, perhaps from cokewold cuckold]


(ˈwɪt l)

n. Archaic.
a man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.
[1400–50; late Middle English wetewold=wete wit2 + (coke)wold cuckold]
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Noun1.wittol - an archaic term for a cuckold who knows about his wife's infidelity but tolerates it
cuckold - a man whose wife committed adultery
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References in classic literature ?
I have sure spies on the Saxon's motions To-night they sleep in the convent of Saint Wittol, or Withold, or whatever they call that churl of a Saxon Saint at Burton-on-Trent.
A LANGUAGE historian has revealed the best long-lost swear words from Britain - including nippy, tarse and wittol.
You probably wouldn't know how to respond if someone called you a ninnycock or a wittol.
Interestingly, Piero was a willing cuckold or wittol having been given a job by Francesco to support Bianca, while also being a philanderer himself.
London, August 22 (ANI): A new research from Collins Dictionary has indicated that words like aerodrome, charabanc, wittol, drysalter, alienism and many others are no longer used by people.
After LT was published and a kind of poetical press war developed, Swinburne complained that Tennyson's version had "lowered the note and deformed the outline of the Arthurian story, by reducing Arthur to the level of a wittol, Guenevere to the level of a woman of intrigue, and Lancelot to the level of a 'co-respondent.
As Jennifer Panek has noted, 'the wittol almost invariably profits financially from [his wife's] affair'.