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or half-tim·ber

[haf-tim-berd, hahf-]
  1. (of a house or building) having the frame and principal supports of timber and the interstices filled in with masonry, plaster, or the like.
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Origin of half-timbered

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples of half-timbered

  • Some of these have overhanging upper stories to them, are half-timbered or yellow-washed.

    The Far Horizon

    Lucas Malet

  • Here in Henley Street, in a half-timbered house recently carefully restored, Shakespeare was born.

  • Botfield Hall was a large, half-timbered farmhouse, with a gabled roof, part of which was made of thatch and the rest of tiles.

    Fern's Hollow

    Hesba Stretton

  • There is preserved here the Old Hall, a beautiful example of half-timbered architecture.

  • The attic gables, etc., would be half-timbered in oak, and the roof covered with red Fareham tiles laid on felt.

British Dictionary definitions for half-timbered



  1. (of a building, wall, etc) having an exposed timber framework filled with brick, stone, or plastered laths, as in Tudor architecture
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Derived Formshalf-timbering, noun
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