verb (used with object), gib·bet·ed, gib·bet·ing.
Origin of gibbet
Examples from the Web for gibbet
The cross, which was in those days the gibbet of the vilest malefactors, was to all the world an emblem only of shame and horror.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Meg: I sees you swingin' on that gibbet—stretchin' with yer toes—swingin' in the wind.Wappin' Wharf|Charles S. Brooks
They were screeching as if in anger, but still remained perched on the tree, which they probably mistook for a gibbet.The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete|Georg Ebers
The gibbet awaits all those of his followers who may be arrested.
Thus pirates are brought to the gibbet by the first into whose hands they fall.
British Dictionary definitions for gibbet
- 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
Word Origin and History 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].