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noun, verb (used with object) British.
  1. jail.
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Related formsgaol·er, nounun·der·gaol·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • "In secret, too," grumbled the gaoler, looking at the written paper.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • I mount to the cell, with a fellow-citizen who is one of the Jury, directed by a gaoler.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It was not a thing to be denied, nor had the gaoler any orders to deny it.

  • "He was hanged at daybreak, mistress," said the gaoler gently.

  • The gaoler opened the door, and was at once despatched, and the prisoners were released.



British Dictionary definitions for gaoler


noun, verb
  1. British a variant spelling of jail
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Derived Formsgaoler, noun
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Word Origin and History for gaoler


chiefly British English spelling of jailer.

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see jail, you tea-sodden football hooligan.

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