Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


or half-timber

[haf-tim-berd, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈtɪm bərd, ˈhɑf-/
(of a house or building) having the frame and principal supports of timber and the interstices filled in with masonry, plaster, or the like.
Origin of half-timbered
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for half-timbered
Historical Examples
  • Some of these have overhanging upper stories to them, are half-timbered or yellow-washed.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • Here in Henley Street, in a half-timbered house recently carefully restored, Shakespeare was born.

    The Harris-Ingram Experiment Charles E. Bolton
  • Botfield Hall was a large, half-timbered farmhouse, with a gabled roof, part of which was made of thatch and the rest of tiles.

    Fern's Hollow Hesba Stretton
  • There is preserved here the Old Hall, a beautiful example of half-timbered architecture.

  • The attic gables, etc., would be half-timbered in oak, and the roof covered with red Fareham tiles laid on felt.

  • The half-timbered houses and cottages introduce another pleasant feature into the landscape.

  • The house is half-timbered; from the height above it looks old and peaceful amid its immemorial trees.

    Demos George Gissing
  • The new Residency, which was nearly finished, and was built in the old English half-timbered style, was intact.

  • The village of Swinehurst is a straggling line of half-timbered houses of the early English pattern.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The rich Angevin bourgeoisie built these half-timbered houses, which are somewhat like those that one sees so often in Normandy.

    In Chteau Land

    Anne Hollingsworth Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for half-timbered


(of a building, wall, etc) having an exposed timber framework filled with brick, stone, or plastered laths, as in Tudor architecture
Derived Forms
half-timbering, noun
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for half-timbered

Word Value for half

Scrabble Words With Friends