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gibbet

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noun gib·bet \ˈji-bət\

Definition of gibbet

  1. 1 :  gallows 1a

  2. 2 :  an upright post with a projecting arm for hanging the bodies of executed criminals as a warning

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Origin and Etymology of gibbet

Middle English gibet, from Anglo-French


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gibbet

verb gib·bet

Definition of gibbet

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to expose to infamy or public scornb :  to hang on a gibbet

  3. 2 :  to execute by hanging on a gibbet

First Known Use of gibbet

1646


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