noun, plural gal·lows·es, gal·lows.
Origin of gallows
Examples from the Web for gallows
Gallows humor has always served him and other activists well; it had to in such dark times.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People|Tim Teeman|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Whichever of the groups was in power would be marching the other to the gallows.Saddam’s Former Deputy, the Red Skull of Baghdad, Still at Large in Iraq and Allied With ISIS|Jacob Siegel, Christopher Dickey|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when the people we put in power strung him up on the gallows his last words proved almost true.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem.|Christopher Dickey|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The last tally of children on death row, in 2011, estimated at least 143 child offenders were awaiting the gallows in Iran.
Languishing in a prison cell in southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz, 21-year-old Razie Ebrahimi awaits her date with the gallows.
I shall die, Joscelyn, but like a soldier; not on the gallows.Joscelyn Cheshire|Sara Beaumont Kennedy
The judges were more concerned with appeasing the people than with recalling old precedents, and sent the woman to the gallows.A History of Witchcraft in England from 1558 to 1718|Wallace Notestein
"Gallows Tree" hill, against which the first charge of the counter attack was delivered, was held by nearly 1000 tribesmen.The Story of the Malakand Field Force|Sir Winston S. Churchill
Tom Hyde, the tinker, standing on the gallows, was asked if he had anything to say.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience|Henry David Thoreau
The exact position of the Tyburn gallows has been a matter of some controversy.The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2|Arthur Griffiths
British Dictionary definitions for gallows
noun plural -lowses or -lows
Word Origin for gallows
Word Origin and History for gallows
c.1300, plural of Middle English galwe "gallows" (mid-13c.), from Old Norse galgi "gallows," or from Old English galga (Mercian), gealga (West Saxon) "gallows;" all from Proto-Germanic *galgon- "pole" (cf. Old Frisian galga, Middle High German galge "gallows, cross," German Galgen "gallows," Gothic galga "cross"), from PIE *ghalgh- "branch, rod" (cf. Lithuanian zalga "pole, perch," Armenian dzalk "pole"). In Old English, also used of the cross of the crucifixion. Plural because made of two poles.