- a gallows
- a structure like a gallows, from which bodies of criminals already executed were hung and exposed to public scorn
Origin of gibbetMiddle English gibet, gallows, forked stick from OFr, diminutive from Frankish an unverified form gibb, forked stick
- to execute by hanging
- to hang on a gibbet
- to expose to public scorn
- A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.
- An upright post with a crosspiece, forming a T-shaped structure from which executed criminals were formerly hung for public viewing.
transitive verbgib·bet·ed, gib·bet·ing, gib·bets, or gib·bet·ted gib·bet·ting
- To execute by hanging on a gibbet.
- a. To hang on a gibbet for public viewing.b. To expose to infamy or public ridicule.
Origin of gibbetMiddle English gibet from Old French diminutive of gibe staff probably from Frankish gibb forked stick
(third-person singular simple present gibbets, present participle gibbeting or gibbetting, simple past and past participle gibbeted or gibbetted)