At Wootton Bassett there was a tumbrel, which, until within the last few years, was perfect.
Sometimes, when placed on a tumbrel, it was used for ducking.
The tumbrel was a low-rolling cart or carriage (in law Latin, tumberella) which was used as a punishment of disgrace and infamy.
I only thought of Marie Antoinette after the tumbrel went by.
It was on the Place de la Nation, on a tumbrel—going to the guillotine.
A man condemned to death is listening to his confessor in the tumbrel.
Her body bounded at every jolt of the tumbrel like a dead or broken thing; her gaze was dull and imbecile.
When the ducking was accomplished, the tumbrel was drawn out of the water by the ropes.
The instruments most in vogue with our ancestors were three—the cucking-stool, the brank, and the tumbrel.
Monseigneur de Belzunce sat upon the seat of the tumbrel laden with corpses, driven by a convict stained with every crime.
mid-15c., "two-wheeled cart," earlier an instrument of punishment of uncertain type (early 13c.), from Old French tumberel "dump cart," from tomber "(let) fall or tumble," possibly from a Germanic source (cf. Old Norse tumba "to tumble," Old High German tumon "to turn, reel;" see tumble). Notoriously used to take victims to the guillotine during the Reign of Terror.