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gibbet

[ jib-it ]
/ ˈdʒɪb ɪt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of gibbet

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club
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British Dictionary definitions for gibbet

gibbet
/ (ˈdʒɪbɪt) /

noun
  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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