gibbet

Definitions

  • The Devil's Punch Bowl, from Gibbet Hill
    The Devil's Punch Bowl, from Gibbet Hill
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gibbet expose to ridicule or public scorn
    • v gibbet hang on an execution instrument
    • n gibbet alternative terms for gallows
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gibbet 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.
    • Gibbet The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib.
    • Gibbet To expose to infamy; to blacken. "I'll gibbet up his name."
    • Gibbet To hang and expose on a gibbet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gibbet A kind of gallows; a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which malefactors were formerly hanged in chains; sometimes, as the famous gibbet of Montfaucon, near Paris, a considerable structure with numerous uprights of masonry, connected by several tiers of cross-beams, and with pits beneath it in which the remains were cast when they fell from the chains; hence, a gallows of any form.
    • n gibbet The projecting beam of a crane which sustains the pulleys and the weight to be lifted; a jib.
    • n gibbet A great cudgel, such as are thrown at trees to beat down the fruit.
    • gibbet To hang and expose on a gibbet or gallows; hang upon anything resembling a gibbet.
    • gibbet Figuratively, to set forth to public gaze; expose to ridicule, scorn, infamy, or the like.
    • n gibbet An error for gigot, a shoulder of mutton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gibbet jib′et a gallows on which criminals were suspended after execution: the projecting beam of a crane
    • v.t Gibbet to expose on a gibbet
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Quotations

  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Better build schoolrooms for the boy, than cells and gibbets for the man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

And now we have been dragged from our happy seclusion and gibbeted.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
They ketched Flint and they strung him to a gibbet.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
The gibbets were spotted with blood and filth.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
If thou hadst permitted that miscreant to perish, thy son would not now be rotting on yon gibbet.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Lots of people have been hanged to a gibbet in chains on evidence no worse than that, and we told H.O.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
So noted an outlaw merits no common gibbet; a new one is most fitting.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
For days carpenters, joiners, and builders had been at work in the market-place erecting a huge platform and a giant gibbet.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
All true work of a man, hang the author of it on what gibbet you like, must and will accomplish itself.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
And next they reached the gibbet: and one swarmed up the black post, and hammered and filed and prised, and then, oh merciful God!
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
The country was covered with gibbets.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
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In poetry:

Hard by the bow'r her gibbet stands;
Her skull is still to show;
It seems to eye the barren grave,
Three spans in length below.
"Specimen Of The Former Translation Of The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
Z was a zealous old Zibet,
Toboggans he tried to prohibit.
If any one tried
To take a sly slide,
He ordered him hanged on a gibbet.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
High on a gibbet, near the wood—
His mangled limbs were hung;
Yet ZORIETTO oft was seen
Prostrate the Chapel aisles between—
When holy mass was sung.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Name not his deed: in shuddering and in haste
We dragged him darkly o'er the windy fell:
That night there was a gibbet in the waste,
And a new sin in hell.
"The Earth's Shame" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Then slowly out from the crowding walls
I have seen the gibbets grow,
And stand against the empty sky
In a desolate, windblown row,
While their dancers swayed, and turned, and spun,
Tripping it heel and toe;
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
At Nidarholm the priests are all singing,
Two ghastly heads on the gibbet are swinging;
One is Jarl Hakon's and one is his thrall's,
And the people are shouting from windows and walls;
While alone in her chamber
Swoons Thora, the fairest of women.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf III. -- Thora Of Rimol" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow