noun, plural gal·lows·es, gal·lows.
Origin of gallows
Examples from the Web for gallows
Contemporary Examples of 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
October 29, 2014
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
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.
July 17, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of gallows
Hurry on the accursed witches to the gallows, ere they do more mischief!Main Street
Yet, who would by his evidence send a brother to the gallows?The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The street frightened her, since it led either to the gallows or to the river.
The fear of death paralysed her efforts to escape the gallows.
In this country the gallows is chiefly remarkable for the number of persons who escape it.The Devil's Dictionary
noun plural -lowses or -lows
Word Origin 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.