- the hock of an animal, especially of a horse.
- Also called gambrel stick. a wood or metal device for suspending a slaughtered animal.
Origin of gambrel
Examples from the Web for gambrel
It has a gambrel roof, and is on the left when the train is going westward.Whittier-land
Samuel T. Pickard
I turned about, and, addressing Gambrel earnestly, entreated him to "hang on to the wheel."The Shadow-Line
The opposite end is very different, and has a hipped or gambrel gable.Homes of American Statesmen
It is a low building, with a gambrel roof and a huge chimney.Not Pretty, But Precious
John Hay, et al.
The Gambrel or Octagonal Roof, and consists of two eight and two nine inch boards thirty-four inches long.The Boy Craftsman
A. Neely Hall
- the hock of a horse or similar animal
- a frame of wood or metal shaped like a horse's hind leg, used by butchers for suspending carcasses of meat
- short for gambrel roof
Word Origin and History for gambrel
"hipped roof," 1851, short for gambrel roof, so called for its shape, from gambrel "horse's hind leg" (c.1600), earlier "wooden bar to hang carcasses" (1540s), perhaps from Old North French gamberel, from gambe "leg," from Late Latin gamba (see gambol).