- gable end,
- gable roof,
- gable window,
- gable, clark,
Origin of gable
Examples from the Web for gable
The trouble with Gable was that he was under contract to MGM.
The same violent, primal appeal appeared on-screen and off-screen with Gable.
You did not playfully invite Gable in for sex hoping he would be courteous.
My mother also liked GWTW because she thought that Gable was “almost as handsome as Duke Ellington.”
In ten minutes more, the two slipping in by well-known paths, stood under the gable of the great hall.Hereward, The Last of the English|Charles Kingsley
Gable, the upright triangular piece of masonry or woodwork at the end of a roof.The Children of Westminster Abbey|Rose G. Kingsley
A bell under a small belfry hung over the gable of the stables.From a Swedish Homestead|Selma Lagerlf
The roof was thatched, and perhaps had a gable at each end with a hole to allow the smoke of the wood fire to escape.
I threw over the free end of the cord and crouched upon the beak of the gable to lower myself.The Shoes of Fortune|Neil Munro
Word Origin for gable
mid-14c., from Old French gable "facade, front, gable," from Old Norse gafl "gable, gable-end" (in north of England, the word is probably directly from Norse), probably from Proto-Germanic *gablaz "top of a pitched roof" (cf. Middle Dutch ghevel, Dutch gevel, Old High German gibil, German Geibel, Gothic gibla "gable"), from PIE *ghebhel.
Cognates seem to be words meaning both "fork" (cf. Old English gafol, geafel, Old Saxon gafala, Dutch gaffel, Old High German gabala "pitchfork," German Gabel "fork;" Old Irish gabul "forked twig") and "head" (cf. Old High German gibilla, Old Saxon gibillia "skull").
Possibly the primitive meaning of the words may have been 'top', 'vertex'; this may have given rise to the sense of 'gable', and this latter to the sense of 'fork', a gable being originally formed by two pieces of timber crossed at the top supporting the end of the roof-tree." [OED]
Related: Gabled; gables.