- 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.
- to hang on a gibbet.
- to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
- to hold up to public scorn.
Origin of gibbet
Related Words for gibbetingclog, congest, drown, suffocate, kill, gag, gasp, strangle, stifle, fill, stretch, execute, hoist, swing, obstruct, close, check, overpower, suppress, noose
Examples from the Web for gibbeting
Historical Examples of gibbeting
It was not until 1752 that gibbeting was recognized by statute.
This Act made matters clear, and was the means of gibbeting rapidly increasing in this country.
Lincolnshire history supplies some curious details respecting the gibbeting of a man named Tom Otter, in the year 1806.
To Kleinwort there was a certain humour in the idea of first gibbeting a man as a rogue, and then treating him as a simpleton.Mortomley's Estate, Vol. II (of 3)
Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
As for the members of the other societies, he was for gibbeting their principles only.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)
Thomas Hart Benton
- a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
- a gallows
- 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
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].