verb (used with object), gib·bet·ed, gib·bet·ing.
Origin of gibbet
Examples from the Web for gibbet
Historical Examples of gibbet
Long ago the cliff with its gibbet has been washed away by the sea.
The gibbet remained for three years, and was then blown down in a gale.
The body of Peare was not permitted to remain long on the gibbet.
The gibbet was standing until the year 1850, when it was blown down.
I avoided the gibbet which, however, should not have dishonored me as I should only have been hung.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
- a gallows
Word Origin for gibbet
early 13c., "gallows," from Old French gibet "gallows; a bent stick," diminutive of gibe "club," perhaps from Frankish *gibb "forked stick." The verb meaning "to kill by hanging" is from 1590s. Related: Gibbeted; gibbeting. "Originally synonymous with GALLOWS sb., but in later use signifying an upright post with projecting arm from which the bodies of criminals were hung in chains or irons after execution" [OED].