- Present participle of gavel.
Variant of gavel
a small mallet rapped on the table by a presiding officer in calling for attention or silence, or by an auctioneer
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
transitive verbgaveled or gavelled, gaveling or gavelling
- to strike with or as with a gavel
- to cause (a meeting) to end, be in order, etc. by striking a gavel
to strike a gavel