tithingman

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Etymology[edit]

tithing +‎ -man

Noun[edit]

tithingman (plural tithingmen)

  1. (UK, law, obsolete) The chief man of a tithing; a headborough; one elected to preside over the tithing.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      [...] We that are wisely mounted higher \ Than constables, in curule wit, \ When on tribunal bench we sit, \ Like speculators, should foresee, \ From Pharos of authority, \ Portended mischiefs farther than \ Low proletarian tything-men [...]
  2. (law) A peace officer; an underconstable.
  3. (US, dialect) A parish officer elected annually to preserve good order in the church during divine service, to make complaint of any disorderly conduct, and to enforce the observance of the Sabbath.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.