gam·​brel ˈgam-brəl How to pronounce gambrel (audio)
: a stick or iron for suspending slaughtered animals

Examples of gambrel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thread the gambrel through the natural holes in the hind legs (between the bone and thick tendon) and hoist your deer. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 7 Sep. 2023 On Shelter Island, a 10,000-square-foot gambrel-style house with a 150-foot dock on Peconic Bay closed for $9.1 million last month after sitting on the market, initially at $10.9 million for two to three years. New York Times, 14 May 2021 Hanging an animal on a gambrel, particularly in a meat locker, is cleaner and easier. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 20 Nov. 2020 The class started by hanging the deer on a gambrel to secure it off the ground and separate its hind legs. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Nov. 2020 Look for a gambrel with an integrated block and tackle to give a mechanical advantage when lifting heavy game. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 3 Jan. 2020 Roof styles included a mix of gable, hip, gambrel and jerkin-head. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History


probably borrowed from Middle French (Norman) *gamberel, *gambereau (attested only in plural gambereaulx) "kind of pole or fork used by butchers," apparently re-formation or derivative of gambier, jambier "piece of wood used to keep the legs of a slaughtered animal separate," from gambe, jambe "leg" + -ier -er entry 2 — more at jamb

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gambrel was in 1547

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“Gambrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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