From Middle English pool, pole, pol, from Old English pÅl (“pool"), from Proto-Germanic *pÅlaz (“pool, pond"), from Proto-Indo-European *bale- (“bog, marsh"). Cognate with Scots puil (“pool"), Saterland Frisian Pol (“pool"), West Frisian poel (“pool"), Dutch poel (“pool"), Low German Pohl, Pul (“pool"), German Pfuhl (“quagmire, mudhole"), Danish pÃ¸l (“puddle"), Swedish pÃ¶l (“puddle, pool"), Icelandic pollur (“puddle"), Lithuanian bala (“bog, marsh, swamp, pool"), Latvian bala (“a muddly, treeless depression"), Russian Ð±Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ñ‚Ð¾ (boloto, “swamp, bog, marsh").
(third-person singular simple present pools, present participle pooling, simple past and past participle pooled)
- to put together; contribute to a common fund, on the basis of a mutual division of profits or losses; to make a common interest of; as, the companies pooled their traffic
- (intransitive) to combine or contribute with others, as for a commercial, speculative, or gambling transaction
French poule (“collective stakes in a game") (The OED suggests that this may be a transferred use of poule (“hen"), which has been explained anecdotally as deriving from an old informal betting game in France - 'jeu de poule' - Game of Chicken (Hen, literally) in which poule became synonymous with the combined money pot claimed by the winner)