Gibbet meaning

jĭbĭt
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A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.
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An upright post with a crosspiece, forming a T-shaped structure from which executed criminals were formerly hung for public viewing.
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To execute by hanging on a gibbet.
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A gallows.
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A structure like a gallows, from which bodies of criminals already executed were hung and exposed to public scorn.
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To execute by hanging.
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To hang on a gibbet.
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To expose to public scorn.
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An upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows.
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The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib.
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To execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet.
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To expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn.
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Origin of gibbet

  • Middle English gibet from Old French diminutive of gibe staff probably from Frankish gibb forked stick

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

  • From Old French gibet (Modern French gibet), either from Frankish *gibb (“forked stick”) or from Latin gibbus (“hunchbacked”).

    From Wiktionary