[ key-ber ]
/ ˈkeɪ bər /

noun Scot.

a pole or beam, especially one thrown as a trial of strength.

Origin of caber

First recorded in 1505–15, caber is from the Scots Gaelic word cabar pole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caber


/ (ˈkeɪbə, Scottish ˈkebər) /


Scot a heavy section of trimmed tree trunk thrown in competition at Highland games (tossing the caber)

Word Origin for caber

C16: from Gaelic cabar pole
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Word Origin and History for caber



pole used in housebuilding, especially as an object tossed in the Highland games, 1510s, from Gaelic cabar "pole, spar," cognate with Irish cabar "lath," Welsh ceibr "beam, rafter."

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