What does gibbet mean?

Definitions for gibbet
ˈdʒɪb ɪtgib·bet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gallows tree, gallows-tree, gibbet, gallousverb

    alternative terms for gallows

  2. gibbetverb

    hang on an execution instrument

  3. pillory, gibbetverb

    expose to ridicule or public scorn


  1. gibbetnoun

    an upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows

  2. gibbetverb

    to execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet

  3. gibbetverb

    to expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gibbetnoun

    Etymology: gibet, French.

    When was there ever cursed atheist brought
    Unto the gibbet, but he did adore
    That blessed pow’r which he had set at nought? Davies.

    You scandal to the stock of verse, a race
    Able to bring the gibbet in disgrace. John Cleveland.

    Haman suffered death himself upon the very gibbet that he had provided for another. Roger L'Estrange.

    Papers of universal approbation, lay such principles to the whole body of the Tories, as, if they were true, our next business should be to erect gibbets in every parish, and hang them out of the way. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Gibbetverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I’ll gibbet up his name. John Oldham.

    He shall come off and on swifter than he that gibbets on the brewer’s bucket. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.


  1. gibbet

    A gibbet is any instrument of public execution (including guillotine, executioner's block, impalement stake, hanging gallows, or related scaffold). Gibbeting is the use of a gallows-type structure from which the dead or dying bodies of criminals were hanged on public display to deter other existing or potential criminals. Occasionally, the gibbet was also used as a method of execution, with the criminal being left to die of exposure, thirst and/or starvation. The practice of placing a criminal on display within a gibbet is also called "hanging in chains".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gibbetnoun

    a kind of gallows; an upright post with an arm projecting from the top, on which, formerly, malefactors were hanged in chains, and their bodies allowed to remain asa warning

  2. Gibbetnoun

    the projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib

  3. Gibbetverb

    to hang and expose on a gibbet

  4. Gibbetverb

    to expose to infamy; to blacken

  5. Etymology: [OE. gibet, F. gibet, in OF. also club, fr. LL. gibetum;; cf. OF. gibe sort of sickle or hook, It. giubbetto gibbet, and giubbetta, dim. of giubba mane, also, an under waistcoat, doublet, Prov. It. gibba (cf. Jupon); so that it perhaps originally signified a halter, a rope round the neck of malefactors; or it is, perhaps, derived fr. L. gibbus hunched, humped, E. gibbous; or cf. E. jib a sail.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gibbet

    jib′et, n. a gallows on which criminals were suspended after execution: the projecting beam of a crane.—v.t. to expose on a gibbet. [O. Fr. gibet, a stick; origin unknown.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gibbet in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gibbet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of gibbet in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Popular Christianity has for its emblem a gibbet, for its chief sensation a sanginary execution after torture, for its central mystery is an insane vengeance bought off by a trumpery expiation. But there is a nobler and profounder Christianity which affirms the sacred mystery of equality and forbids the glaring futility and folly of vengeance.

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