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[skaf-uh ld, -ohld] /ˈskæf əld, -oʊld/
a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
any raised framework.
a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
Metallurgy. any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
to support by or place on a scaffold.
Origin of scaffold
1300-50; Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque
Related forms
unscaffolded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for scaffolded
Historical Examples
  • When we came to the forks, we found that the skins we had scaffolded were all safe.

  • Weather-beaten wooden buildings there are, scaffolded structures, shaken by the vibration of coal-crushing machinery within.

  • In the afternoon we scaffolded some meat, and nearly completed the frame of a skin canoe, which we concluded to build.

  • The sticks are scaffolded to the regulation height, all alike in length, amply soldered in the middle and free at either end.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • These bears and other beasts are there baited in plots of ground, scaffolded about for the beholders to stand safe.

  • Then the car halted on the edge of the building-pit and they blinked down and up at the scaffolded monster.

    Martyr Alan Edward Nourse
  • A few hours later I tore myself away and returned to the hangar, where the Pioneer now reposed in a scaffolded cradle.

British Dictionary definitions for scaffolded


/ˈskæfəld; -fəʊld/
a temporary metal or wooden framework that is used to support workmen and materials during the erection, repair, etc, of a building or other construction
a raised wooden platform on which plays are performed, tobacco, etc, is dried, or (esp formerly) criminals are executed
verb (transitive)
to provide with a scaffold
to support by means of a scaffold
Derived Forms
scaffolder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque
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Word Origin and History for scaffolded



mid-14c., "wooden framework used in building, etc., temporary structure for workmen to make walls," a shortening of an Old North French variant of Old French eschafaut "scaffold" (Modern French échafaud), probably altered (by influence of eschace "a prop, support") from chaffaut, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum (see catafalque). Meaning "platform for a hanging" is from 1550s. Dutch schavot, German Schafott, Danish skafot are from French. As a verb from 1540s.

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