- a temporary wooden or metal framework for supporting workmen and materials during the erecting, repairing, or painting of a building, etc.
- a raised platform on which criminals are executed, as by hanging
- a temporary wooden stage or platform, as that on which medieval plays were presented
- any raised framework
Origin of scaffoldMiddle English scafald from Old French escafalt from es- (L ex-, out) + Vulgar Latin an unverified form catafalicum: see catafalque