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See also: Tole, tôle, and tőle


Etymology 1[edit]

From French tôle (sheet iron), from dialect French taule (table), from Latin tabula. Doublet of table.


tole (countable and uncountable, plural toles)

  1. (uncountable) A decorative metalware having a lacquered or enamelled surface that is painted or gilded
  2. (uncommon) tola (unit of mass)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English stem *tyll, related to betyllan (to allure) and fortyllan (to seduce).

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tole (third-person singular simple present toles, present participle toling, simple past toled, past participle toled or tollen)

  1. (archaic) To entice; to allure or attract.
    It is often necessary to tole a big stag, to induce him to leave the hind ...
    • 1693, John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, 1797, The works of John Locke Esq, Volume III, page 52,
      And thus the young Soldier is to be train’d on to the Warfare of Life ; wherein Care is to be taken that more things be not repreſented as dangerous than really are ſo ; and then, that whatever you obſerve him to be more frighted at than he ſhould, you be ſure to tole him on to by inſenſible Degrees, till he at laſt, quitting his Fears, maſters the Difficulty, and comes off with Applauſe.

Etymology 3[edit]


tole (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A portion of grain paid to the miller who grinds it.




tole f (5th declension)

  1. A female cow without horns (see Polled livestock at Wikipedia)
  2. (by extension, pejorative) A woman lacking in initiative

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is rather old and is not widely used in the modern language.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Old Norse þola


tole (present tense toler, past tense tolte, past participle tolt, passive infinitive tolast, present participle tolande, imperative tol)

  1. to bear, endure, stand, tolerate
    Dei toler ikkje synet av kvarandre. - They can't stand the sight of each other.

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