• WordNet 3.6
    • n gaoler someone who guards prisoners
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gaoler jāl"ẽr The keeper of a jail. Same as Jailer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gaoler old spellings of Jail, Jailer.
    • Gaoler one who has charge of a jail or of prisoners, called also a turnkey
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gaole (Fr. geôle)—Low L. gabiola, a cage, dim. of Low L. gabia, a cage, a corr. of cavea, a cage—L. cavus, hollow.


In literature:

Abolish the gaoler and the hangman and your criminal law becomes empty words.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
Or his gaolers might relent.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
I turned to the gaoler who had just liberated me for some explanation.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
When he got better he asked his gaolers to let him go out riding for the benefit of his health.
"Royal Children of English History" by E. Nesbit
In the morning the gaoler found him a corpse.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
For nigh upon a century we have fought for liberty; and now they would make us gaolers to bind our own souls.
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
The twenty-three (I think it is) chiefs act as under gaolers.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
GAOLERS are also the servants of the sheriff, and he must be responsible for their conduct.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
For a gaoler is only a fellow-captive.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When Eleanor was summoned by the gaoler to see Mr. Prescott, she at first thought there must be some mistake.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
The gaoler falls "up to the shoulders;" then he disappears into a hole, where he dies, and his keys are taken from him.
"The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare" by J. J. Jusserand
Circumstances had made her a gaoler, but by nature she was very ill constituted for that office.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
His gaolers listen to him not without a certain interest.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
Better not force his gaoler to seek him.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
And so you have exchanged a temporary gaoler for one that will last you all your life.
"A Prince of Good Fellows" by Robert Barr
I am a prisoner, and you are my gaoler.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
But the gaoler shook his head suspiciously.
"Tales from the German. Volume I." by Carl Franz van der Velde
Seldom indeed could they feel sure they were out of hearing of their gaolers, out of sight never.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
Then, mastering it, and drawing himself up, he breathed heavily and nodded to the gaoler.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
They rent themselves with their own hands by turning accomplices to their gaoler.
"The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

The spirit is bound by the ties
Of its gaoler, the flesh;—if I can
Not reach as an angel the skies,
Let me feel on the earth as a man!
"To A Moralist" by Friedrich von Schiller
Being a gaoler I'm supposed
To be a hard-boiled guy;
Yet never prison walls enclosed
A kinder soul than I:
Passing my charges precious pills
To end their ills.
"Gentle Gaoler" by Robert W Service
We all of us by Satan are secur'd,
And closely in a dismal gaol immur'd;
'Till Jesus shall the captiv'd gaoler bind,
None thence a way to 'scape shall ever find.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Where is Zarina? A captive lone
She sits, with tearful eye;
Till two long years are come and gone,
And at last, when her ruthless gaolers slept,
One eve of beauty, forth she crept
To gaze from the lattice high.
"The English Merchant And The Saracen Lady" by Menella Bute Smedley
To see thy creature thou wouldst crave—
Desire thy handiwork so fair;
Then wouldst thou call through death's dank air
And I would answer from the cave!
Would that thou hid me in the grave,
And kept me with death's gaoler-care!
"A Song-Sermon" by George MacDonald
And sympathetic gaolers would remark, "It's very true,
He ain't been brought up common, like the likes of me and you."
So they took him into hospital, and gave him mutton chops,
And chocolate, and arrowroot, and buns, and malt and hops.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert