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or tôle

[tohl] /toʊl/
enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, lampshades, etc.
Origin of tole1
1925-30; < French tôle sheet of iron, plate, dialectal variant of table table


[tohl] /toʊl/
verb (used with object), toled, toling.
toll2 (defs 5, 6). Unabridged
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  • Doan ax me how da'll fine out who tole on 'em, fur I lay da knows dis minit.

    Up Terrapin River Opie P. Read
  • But she crep' in and found me, and tole me there was a watch kep' for me at Woodbridge.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • We ain't agoin' to make no mistakes now, doin' what he tole us not to do.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • "And you tole us they didn't keep cows, too," put in Willie, triumphantly.

  • Den I tole him ef he think I gwine give him three dollars an' a half for dat foolishness he mus' think I big a fool as he wuz.

    P'laski's Tunament Thomas Nelson Page
  • Don know, sah; dat's what you tole me, sah; done jes as you tole me, sah.

    The Citizen-Soldier John Beatty
  • I tole em haow it couldn't be so, caze ye wuz a deakin, an hed family prayers, and could pray mos' ez long ez parson.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • "I tole you dar warn't nothin' to be skeered uv him foh," said Mattie.

    The Winning Clue James Hay, Jr.
  • En your mar tole Free Fanny she wud leave it with Squire, en do jes' ez he sed.

  • He's tole me all de whole beez-nesse—jus' lak you hear me now.

    Humour of the North Lawrence J. Burpee
British Dictionary definitions for tole


enamelled or lacquered metal ware, usually gilded, popular in the 18th century
Word Origin
from French tôle sheet metal, from French (dialect): table, from Latin tabula table
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Word Origin and History for tole

"ornamented and painted sheet iron," 1946, from French tôle "sheet iron," from dialectal taule "table," from Latin tabula "a flat board" (see table (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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