Gargoyle definition

gärgoil
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A waterspout, usually in the form of a grotesquely carved animal or fantastic creature, projecting from the gutter of a building.
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The definition of a gargoyle is a grotesquely carved figure or face that is often used as a waterspout on a building by extending it off the gutter of the building to allow for water to be directed away from the wall.

The carved figures on the gutters at Notre Dame cathedral in France are an example of gargoyles.

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A roof spout usually in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
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A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.
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A person of bizarre or grotesque appearance.
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A projecting ornament (on a building) that looks like this.
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A person with grotesque features.
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A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters.
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Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building.
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A fictional winged creature.
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(slang, pejorative) An ugly woman.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of gargoyle - gurgoyle

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gargoyle
Plural:
gargoyles

Origin of gargoyle

  • Middle English gargoile from Old French gargole, gargouille throat, waterspout

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French gargouille.

    From Wiktionary