wittol


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wit·tol

 (wĭt′l)
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.]
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wittol

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

(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
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Translations
marit còmode
cornuto contento
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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.
You probably wouldn't know how to respond if someone called you a ninnycock or a wittol. That's because vast swathes of shocking olde English words have disappeared.
A LANGUAGE historian has revealed the best long-lost swear words from Britain - including nippy, tarse and 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.
Funeral service to take place on Tuesday 16th October at Witton Chapel at 12.30pm followed by burial at Wittol Cemetery.
Other words on the list include "wittol" - a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, which has not been much used since the 1940s.
Other words on the list include 'wittol' - a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, not much used since the 1940s.
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.'" (15) Alternative redactions of elements in the Arthurian saga poured from presses in the 1860s and 1870s, some taking adulterous love as a more transcendent and tragic affiliation than Arthur's lawful union with Guinevere.
All wit dilates on the joys of a contented wittol. But Sir Walter's prospects vanish at the birth of an heir to Lady Kix, his kinswoman, and he gets into trouble with the law.
As Jennifer Panek has noted, 'the wittol almost invariably profits financially from [his wife's] affair'.