Definition of Coffle

1. n. A gang of negro slaves being driven to market.



Definition of Coffle

1. Noun. A line of people or animals fastened together, especially a chain of prisoners or slaves. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Coffle

1. to chain slaves together [v -FLED, -FLING, -FLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Coffle

coffin dodger
coffin joint
coffin nail
coffin nails
coffin ride
coffin ship
coffin ships
coffined
coffing
coffining
coffinite
coffinites
coffinless
coffinlike
coffins
coffle (current term)
coffled
coffles
coffling
coffret
coffrets
coffs
cofibration
cofibrations
cofilin
cofilins
cofinal
cofinalities
cofinality
cofinally

Literary usage of Coffle

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1. Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad: Comprising Many by Eber M. Pettit, W. McKinstry (1879)
"I was sitting on the piazza talking with this man, when a coffle of slaves came in front of the house and were hustled along by the driver ; the men were ..."

2. Plantation and Frontier Documents: 1649-1863: Illustrative of Industrial by John R. Commons, Ulrich Bonnell Phillips (1909)
"THE JOURNEY OF A SLAVE coffle FROM MARYLAND TO SOUTH CAROLINA Narrative of the Life and Adventures of ..."

3. A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: Presenting the Original Facts and Documents Upon by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1853)
"The enormous price asked entirely discouraged effort, and before anything of importance was done they heard that the coffle had departed, with Emily in it. ..."

4. The Diary of Matthew Patten of Bedford, N.H. by Matthew Patten (1903)
"... and I got 3 £ of Shugar a pound of coffle half a Gallon of Rum and a quart mug aud half ... coffle ..."

5. Excursion Through the Slave States: From Washington on the Potomac, to the by George William Featherstonhaugh (1844)
"... Constitution—Botetourt Springs—A Camp of Negro Slave-drivers—The coffle of Slaves crosses New River manacled and fettered—The Negro drivers in mourning. ..."

6. The American Slave Code in Theory and Practice: Its Distinctive Features by William Goodell (1853)
"Sale—Purchase—Barter—Mortgage—Auction—coffle-gang—Shipments—As absolutely as in the case of any other Property, and by the same Tenure. ..."

7. Travels in the Interior of Africa by Mungo Park, John Barrow (1822)
"not quite one-third of what a coffle of negroes would have paid, and at three o'clock took his departure for ..."

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