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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.]
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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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(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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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.