or catchpoll noun Etymology: Middle English cacchepol, from Anglo-French cachepole, literally, chicken chaser, from cacher + pol chicken, from Latin pullus — more at catch, pullet Date: before 12th century a sheriff's deputy; especially one who makes arrests for failure to pay a debt

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  • Catchpole — is a rare surname derived from a law enforcement implement found in medieval England. The catchpole usually consisted of an eight foot wooden pole with some sort of noose or barbed fork on one end. Law enforcement officers (usually the Sheriff)… …   Wikipedia

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  • Catchpole — This curious surname, chiefly found in East Anglia, is of Old French origin, and derives from the Old French chacepol , Old Norman French cachepol (in medieval Latin chassipullus ) meaning chase fowl . The name was originally occupational for a… …   Surnames reference

  • catchpole — catchpolery, catchpollery, n. /kach pohl /, n. (formerly) a petty officer of justice, esp. one arresting persons for debt. Also, catchpoll. [bef. 1050; ME cacchepol, late OE caecephol < ML cacepollus tax gatherer, lit., chase fowl, equiv. to cace …   Universalium

  • catchpole — noun /ˈkatʃpəʊl/ a) A sheriff’s officer, usually one who arrests debtors. The use of the catch pole is said to have been to take horsemen in battle by the neck and drag them from their horses. b) An implement formerly used for seizing and… …   Wiktionary

  • catchpole — n. law enforcement clerk, deputy of a sheriff who arrests persons for debt (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catchpole — catch·pole …   English syllables

  • catchpole — catch•pole or catch•poll [[t]ˈkætʃˌpoʊl[/t]] n. gov (formerly) a petty officer of justice, esp. one arresting persons for debt • Etymology: bef. 1050; ME cacchepol, late OE cæcephol < ML cacepollus tax gatherer, lit., chase fowl =cace (<… …   From formal English to slang

  • Catchpole — /ˈkætʃpoʊl/ (say kachpohl) noun 1. Kenneth, born 1939, Australian Rugby Union Test player. 2. Margaret, 1762–1819, Australian convict and pioneer settler, born in England …   Australian English dictionary

  • catchpole — /ˈkætʃpoʊl/ (say kachpohl) noun (in medieval England) a petty officer of justice, especially one who made arrests for debt. Also, catchpoll. {Middle English cachepol, Old English kæcepol, from Medieval Latin cacepollus chase fowl. See catch,… …   Australian English dictionary

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