Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sheriff's officer, especially one who arrests debtors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A taxman, one who gathers taxes.
  • n. A sheriff’s officer, usually one who arrests debtors.
  • n. An implement formerly used for seizing and securing a man who would otherwise be out of reach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See catchpoll.
  • n. An implement formerly used for seizing and securing a man who would otherwise be out of reach.
  • n. The game of tennis.

Etymologies

Middle English cacchepol, from Norman French cachepol, probably from Old French chacepol : chacier, to chase; see chase1 + poul, rooster (from Latin pullus, chicken; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin cacepollus, Old French chacepol ("one who chases fowls") (or a northern variant thereof). (Wiktionary)
From catch + pole. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • KABC reports that multiple methods were attempted to draw out the kitten, but ultimately they saved the cat with a makeshift catchpole made of wire and cables.

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  • '' We took it out with the catchpole and we could just hold it, '' Kreider said.

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  • With this view, while the bailiff conducted him to bed in another apartment, he desired the catchpole to act the part of mediator between him and the Count, and furnished him with proper instructions for that purpose.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • The stronghold of the bailiff was carried by storm, the scholar set at liberty, and the delinquent catchpole borne off captive to the college, where, having no pump to put him under, they satisfied the demands of collegiate law by ducking him in an old cistern.

    The Life of Oliver Goldsmith

  • And the catchpole, rather than risk his carcase, consented to discharge the debt, comforting himself with the hope of making me prisoner again.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The catchpole, after a diligent search, had an opportunity of executing the writ upon the defendant, who, without ceremony, broke one of his arms, fractured his skull, and belaboured him in such a manner, that he lay without sense or motion on the spot.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • The money was immediately deposited; Miss Williams gratified the two evidences with one half, and putting the other in her pocket drove borne with me, leaving the catchpole grumbling over his loss, yet pleased in the main, for having so cheaply got clear of a business that might have cost him ten times the sum, and his place to boot.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Here the lady thought fit to interpose, and tell the catchpole, if he had taken her word for it at first, he might have saved himself and her a great deal of trouble.

    The Adventures of Roderick Random

  • Then the tabor beat a point of war, and the gauntlets began to do their duty; insomuch that the catchpole had his crown cracked in no less than nine places.

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  • 1. (Obsolete) A tax-gatherer, an exactor of taxes or imposts; a (Roman) publican. 2. A petty officer of justice; a sheriff's officer or sergeant, especially a warrant officer who arrests for debt, a bum-bailiff.

    February 12, 2008