"to impale on hooks or pointed stakes as a means of capital punishment," 1610s, from French *ganchor, from Italian *ganciare, from gancio "hook," from Turkish kanca "hook, barb, grapnel." Related: Ganched; ganching. Also, as a noun, the name of the thing used in killing.

Nearby words

  1. gamut,
  2. gamy,
  3. gan,
  4. ganache,
  5. gance,
  6. ganciclovir,
  7. gand,
  8. ganda,
  9. gander,
  10. gandhara

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