[ jib-it ]
/ ˈdʒɪb ɪt /


a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.

verb (used with object), gib·bet·ed, gib·bet·ing.

to hang on a gibbet.
to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
to hold up to public scorn.

Origin of gibbet

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gibbet

/ (ˈdʒɪbɪt) /


  1. a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
  2. a gallows

verb (tr)

to put to death by hanging on a gibbet
to hang (a corpse) on a gibbet
to expose to public ridicule

Word Origin for gibbet

C13: from Old French gibet gallows, literally: little cudgel, from gibe cudgel; of uncertain origin
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