from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic A man who knows of and tolerates his wife's infidelity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A man who knows or even condones his wife's enjoyment of coitus with another man or men; a contented cuckold.
- n. A bird, the wheatear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wheatear.
- n. A man who knows his wife's infidelity and submits to it; a tame cuckold; -- so called because the cuckoo lays its eggs in the wittol's nest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a wittol, or contented cuckold, of.
- n. A man who knows his wife's infidelity and submits to it; a submissive cuckold.
- n. A dialectal reduction of whitetail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an archaic term for a cuckold who knows about his wife's infidelity but tolerates it
413 The perfect stupidity of the old wittol is told with the driest Arab humour.
Other words on the list include 'wittol' - a man who tolerates his wife's unfaithfulness, which has not been much used since the 1940s.
“Thou whorest and makest me a wittol with shine eyes;” and struck her so that her head went flying.
Melius sic errare, quam Zelotypiae curis, saith Erasmus, se conficere, better be a wittol and put it up, than to trouble himself to no purpose.
When I really got into early modern culture, I learned that a ton of the sexual jokes involve men who are cuckolds; there's even a word for a cuckold who's happy about it, a wittol usually because he's happy someone else is satisfying his wife.
She would not quit the estate and title of the wittol who had wedded her.
I should be sorry to interrupt the course of your pleasure; an old wittol should have more consideration of his condition.
But now I find I was a gull, a wittol, a woodcock, a mere ninny, a dolt-head,
A wittol, a barber, and a bald-headed man travelled together.
Even here he never becomes the complaisant wittol, which late and rather ignoble works like the _Cokwold's Daunce_  represent him as being: and he never exhibits the slightest approach to the outbursts of almost imbecile wrath which characterise Charlemagne.
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