Gavelock definition

(UK, Scotland, dialect) An iron crow or lever.
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Noun

Singular:
gavelock
Plural:
gavelocks

Origin of gavelock

  • From Middle English gavelock, from Old English gafeluc (“spear, javelin”), from gafel (“fork”) + -uc (diminutive suffix); compare Icelandic gaflok, Middle High German, Old French gavelot, glavelot, French javelot, Irish gabhla spear, Welsh gaflach fork, dart, English glave, gaff.

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