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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.
Best Before: 1890s Alienism ThE study and treatment of mental illness Best Before: 1920s Rundlet A LiquiD measure, usually about 15 gallons Best Before: 1920s Wittol mAN who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness Best Before: 1940s Drysalter DeALer in certain chemical products, such as dyestuffs and gums, also dried, tinned, or salted foods and edible oils.
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.