Wittol Wit"tol, n. [Said to be for white tail, and so called in allusion to its white tail; but cf. witwal.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) The wheatear. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

2. A man who knows his wife's infidelity and submits to it; a tame cuckold; -- so called because the cuckoo lays its eggs in the wittol's nest. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • wittol — [wit′ l] n. [LME wetewold, formed, based on cokewold (see CUCKOLD) < witen, to know: see WIT2] Archaic a man who knows of his wife s adultery and tolerates it …   English World dictionary

  • wittol — noun /ˈwɪtəl/ A man who knows or even condones his wifes enjoyment of coitus with another man or men, a contented cuckold. To see [...] a wittol wink at his wifes honesty, and too perspicuous in all other affairs [...] …   Wiktionary

  • wittol — noun Etymology: Middle English wetewold, from weten, witen to know + cokewold cuckold more at wit Date: 15th century 1. archaic a man who knows of his wife s infidelity and puts up with it 2. archaic a witless person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wittol — /wit l/, n. Archaic. a man who knows of and tolerates his wife s infidelity. [1400 50; late ME wetewold, equiv. to wete WIT2 + (coke)wold CUCKOLD] * * * …   Universalium

  • wittol — see witol …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • wittol — n. man that is uncomplaining about his wife s infidelities (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wittol — wit·tol …   English syllables

  • wittol — wit•tol [[t]ˈwɪt l[/t]] n. archaic a man who knows of and tolerates his wife s infidelity • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME wetewold=wete wit II+(coke)wold cuckold …   From formal English to slang

  • wittol — A man who meakly accepts his wife s adultery …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • wittol — /ˈwɪtl/ (say witl) noun Obsolete a man who knows of and tolerates his wife s infidelity. {Middle English wetewold, from wete wit2 (verb) + wold, modelled on cokewold cuckold} …   Australian English dictionary

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