ca·​ber ˈkā-bər How to pronounce caber (audio) ˈkä- How to pronounce caber (audio)
: pole
especially : a young tree trunk used for tossing as a trial of strength in a Scottish sport

Examples of caber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The full games start Saturday with athletic contests, which include tossing the caber (imagine throwing a telephone pole) and the hammer throw; pipe and drum competitions; highland dancing; and sheepdog trials. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 June 2022 The Highland Games traditionally involve a selection of events including the tug-o-war and the caber toss, alongside Highland dance competitions, bagpiping, and track and field events. Amy MacKelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Sep. 2018 In one, an enlarged Hello Kitty Pez dispenser is turned into a weapon, hurled at a baddie in the manner of an old-fashioned Scottish caber toss. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 3 July 2018 The Scottish American Society of Central Florida serves up pipes, drums, caber tossing and whiskey at this popular January event. A.d. Thompson,, 21 June 2018

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Word History


Scottish Gaelic cabar

First Known Use

1505, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caber was in 1505

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Cite this Entry

“Caber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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