Definition of Gibbet

1. Noun. Alternative terms for gallows.

Exact synonyms: Gallous, Gallows Tree, Gallows-tree
Generic synonyms: Gallows



2. Verb. Hang on an execution instrument.
Generic synonyms: Hang, String Up

3. Verb. Expose to ridicule or public scorn.
Exact synonyms: Pillory
Generic synonyms: Display, Exhibit, Expose

Definition of Gibbet

1. n. A kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain as a warning.

2. v. t. To hang and expose on a gibbet.

Definition of Gibbet

1. Noun. An upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gibbet

1. to execute by hanging [v -BETED, -BETING, -BETS or -BETTED, -BETTING, -BETS]

Medical Definition of Gibbet

1. 1. A kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain asa warning. 2. The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib. Origin: OE. Gibet, F. Gibet, in OF. Also club, fr. LL. Gibetum;; cf. OF. Gibe sort of sickle or hook, It. Giubbetto gibbet, and giubbetta, dim. Of giubba mane, also, an under waistcoat, doublet, Prov. It. Gibba (cf. Jupon); so that it perhaps originally signified a halter, a rope round the neck of malefactors; or it is, perhaps, derived fr. L. Gibbus hunched, humped, E. Gibbous; or cf. E. Jib a sail. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gibbet

gibberellic
gibberellic acid
gibberellin
gibberellin 3beta-hydroxylase
gibberellins
gibberer
gibberers
gibbering
gibberingly
gibberings
gibberish
gibberishes
gibberishlike
gibbers
gibbet (current term)
gibbeted
gibbeting
gibbetlike
gibbets
gibbetted
gibbetting
gibbier
gibbing
gibblets
gibbon
gibbons
gibbose
gibbosities
gibbosity

Literary usage of Gibbet

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1. Picturesque History of Yorkshire: Being an Account of the History by Joseph Smith Fletcher (1900)
"If it were an Horse or Ox, or any other Creature that was stol'n, it was brought along to the gibbet, and fastened to the Cord by a Pin that stayed the ..."

2. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"AT Edmonton, in England, on Wednesday last, a gibbet was erected, under which a ... gibbet hung a figure, with a mask for a face, and on its breast a label, ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1841)
"a commanding voice in his ear, as he Mr O'gibbet sitting side by sideā€”as felt himself caught hold of by some one sitting at the corner of the Trea- sary ..."

4. Gaslight and Daylight: With Some London Scenes They Shine Upon by George Augustus Sala (1859)
"Holy- well Street is for the old clothes vendors, Chancery Lane for the lawyers, Fifth Avenue for the upper Ten Thousand, and gibbet STREET is for the ..."

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