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[geyt-pohst] /ˈgeɪtˌpoʊst/
the vertical post on which a gate is suspended by hinges, or the post against which the gate is closed.
Origin of gatepost
First recorded in 1515-25; gate1 + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • He stood beside the garden wall, his gauntleted hand on the gatepost.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • After a moment Bob dismounted and threw his reins over the gatepost.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • Balancing herself on a gatepost and eating cherries was Rosie.

  • As we neared the girl on the gatepost Dickie gave her a careless glance.

  • "Tell you what," cried Peace, from her perch on the gatepost.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Maybe that's the kind of a man who leaves the money on the gatepost.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Each formed an immense hole, large enough to have set a gatepost in.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • And in the trickling starlight, pressed against my own gatepost—there he was.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • He kicked his boot against the gatepost, and turned away, shaking his head.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • Does the portly yeoman suspect that the λ on his gatepost means “no good”?

    The Dover Road Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for gatepost


  1. the post on which a gate is hung
  2. the post to which a gate is fastened when closed
between you, me, and the gatepost, confidentially
(logic) another name for turnstile (sense 3)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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