dole (n.) Look up dole at
Old English dal "state of being divided; sharing, giving out," shortened from gedal "portion," related to dæl "deal," from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (source also of Old Frisian and Old Saxon del, Middle Dutch deil, Dutch deel, Old High German teil, German Teil). On the dole is 1920s.
dole (v.) Look up dole at
"hand out charity," mid-15c., from dole (n.). Doled; doling.