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gaol

[jeyl] /dʒeɪl/
noun, verb (used with object), British.
1.
jail.
Related forms
gaoler, noun
undergaoler, noun

jail

[jeyl] /dʒeɪl/
noun
1.
a prison, especially one for the detention of persons awaiting trial or convicted of minor offenses.
verb (used with object)
2.
to take into or hold in lawful custody; imprison.
Also, British, gaol.
Origin of jail
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English gaiole, jaiole, jaile < Old North French gaiole, Old French jaiole cage < Vulgar Latin *gaviola, variant of *caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea cage; see -ole1
Related forms
jailable, adjective
jailless, adjective
jaillike, adjective
nonjailable, adjective
rejail, verb (used with object)
unjailed, adjective
Can be confused
jail, prison.
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Examples from the Web for gaoled
Historical Examples
  • Mary Cahel: It is to speak with my son I am asking, that is gaoled these eight weeks and a day.

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • "I would not have you gaoled, which is what will happen if you disobey the Duke's magnificence," said she.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The jurors would not convict him, so were gaoled and fined by the justices.

  • My pleasure is to tell you that you are very likely to be gaoled for this, all the pack of you.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Having stopped the earth and gaoled the fox, must we now deal with the litter?

    A Book of Quaker Saints Lucy Violet Hodgkin
  • Do not tell me where she is gaoled, and I shall not dare to ask.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
  • The dancers were arrested, whipped, gaoled, set in the stocks; the moonlight dance is never danced again.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • He thought it highly probable that Rochester, continuing his mad course, had been gaoled.

    The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Mary Cahel: There were good men were gaoled before him never gave in to anyone at all.

    Seven Short Plays Lady Gregory
  • The little temple in which I was gaoled had been robbed and despoiled of all its furnishments.

    The Lost Continent C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for gaoled

gaol

/dʒeɪl/
noun, verb
1.
(Brit) a variant spelling of jail
Derived Forms
gaoler, noun

jail

/dʒeɪl/
noun
1.
a place for the confinement of persons convicted and sentenced to imprisonment or of persons awaiting trial to whom bail is not granted
2.
(informal) get out of jail, get out of jail free, to get out of a difficult situation
verb
3.
(transitive) to confine in prison
Derived Forms
jailless, gaolless, adjective
jail-like, gaol-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French jaiole cage, from Vulgar Latin caveola (unattested), from Latin cavea enclosure; see cage: the two spellings derive from the forms of the word that developed in two different areas of France, and the spelling gaol represents a pronunciation in use until the 17th century
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Word Origin and History for gaoled

gaol

see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.

jail

n.

late 13c., gayhol, from Old North French gaiole and Old French jaole, both meaning "a cage, prison," from Medieval Latin gabiola, from Late Latin caveola, diminutive of Latin cavea "cage, enclosure, stall, coop" (see cave (n.)). Both forms carried into Middle English; now pronounced "jail" however it is spelled. Persistence of Norman-derived gaol (preferred in Britain) is "chiefly due to statutory and official tradition" [OED].

v.

"to put in jail," c.1600, from jail (n.). Related: Jailed; jailing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gaoled

jail

verb

To live tolerably in jail; survive imprisonment: Roy taught me how to jail (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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