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noun Scot.
  1. a pole or beam, especially one thrown as a trial of strength.

Origin of caber

First recorded in 1505–15, caber is from the Scots Gaelic word cabar pole
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Examples from the Web for caber

Historical Examples

  • Arrived on ground, and found that "tossing the caber" was in full progress.

    Mr. Punch in the Highlands


  • The caber is the heavy trunk of a tree from 16 to 20 ft. long.

  • The caber is a small tree, or beam, heavier at one end than the other.

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    Peter Hampson Ditchfield

  • "They are preparing the caber, Baron," he remarked genially.

    Count Bunker

    J. Storer Clouston

  • Among other 'strong-men' contests, which have long been favourite sports in Scotland, are tossing the caber and putting the stone.

British Dictionary definitions for caber


  1. Scot a heavy section of trimmed tree trunk thrown in competition at Highland games (tossing the caber)

Word Origin

C16: from Gaelic cabar pole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for caber


pole used in housebuilding, especially as an object tossed in the Highland games, 1510s, from Gaelic cabar "pole, spar," cognate with Irish cabar "lath," Welsh ceibr "beam, rafter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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