Meaning of CATCHPOLE in English


or catch·poll ˈkachˌpōl, -ech-

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English cacchepol, from Old English cæcepol, from (assumed) Old North French cachepol, literally, chicken chaser, from cachier to hunt, chase + poul, pol rooster, from Latin pullus young animal, young fowl — more at catch , pullet

1. : a sheriff's deputy ; especially : one who makes arrests for debt

2. : deputy , representative

hires out to other private citizens to go about as a sort of catchpole on Sunday — W.J.Gaynor

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