A wooden gallows.
An example of gallows are nooses hanging from trees meant to hang people convicted of crimes.
- an upright frame with a crossbeam and a rope, for hanging condemned persons
- any structure like this, used for suspending or supporting
- the death sentence by hanging
Origin of gallowsMiddle English galwes, plural of galwe ; from Old English galga, akin to German galgen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?halgh-, pliant tree branch from source Lithuanian žalgà, long, thin pole: the earliest gallows was a pulled-down branch that carried the victim with it when allowed to spring up
nounpl. gallows or gal·lows·es
- a. A device usually consisting of two upright posts supporting a crossbeam from which a noose is suspended and used for execution by hanging; a gallows tree.b. A similar structure used for supporting or suspending.
- Execution by hanging: a crime punishable by the gallows.
Origin of gallowsMiddle English galwes, pl. of galwe, gallows, from Old English gealga, galga.
Old English ġealga.
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of gallow