Origin of gaveluncertain or unknown; perhaps dialect, dialectal variant, variety of Scottish gable, a fork, tool with forked handle ; from Middle English ; from Old English gafol, akin to German gabel
- to strike with or as with a gavel
- to cause (a meeting) to end, be in order, etc. by striking a gavel
- A small mallet, especially:a. One that a judge or presiding officer raps to signal for order.b. One that an auctioneer raps to mark the end of a transaction.
- A maul used by masons in fitting stones.
transitive verbgav·eled, gav·el·ing, gav·els also gav·elled or gav·el·ling
Origin of gavelOrigin unknown.
Origin of gavelMiddle English, from Old English gafol; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- (historical) Rent.
Old English gafol.
(third-person singular simple present gavels, present participle gaveling or gavelling, simple past and past participle gaveled or gavelled)
- To use a gavel.
- The judge gavelled for order in the courtroom after the defendant burst out with a confession.
- In US English, the participles are gaveled and gaveling, in British English they are gavelled and gavelling.
Origin obscure. Perhaps alteration of cavel (“a stone mason's hammer”). More at cavel.
- A gable.