- either of the vertical sides of a doorway, arch, window, or other opening.
- either of two stones, timbers, etc., forming the sidepieces for the frame of an opening.
Origin of jamb1
Definition for jamb (2 of 2)
verb (used with or without object) Obsolete.
Examples from the Web for jamb
Tiburcio sighed, arose, leaned against the jamb and lacked courage to go inside.Brazilian Tales|Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
For a moment he leaned half swooning against the jamb, sick through and through at the peril he had just escaped.The Sheriff's Son|William MacLeod Raine
At that instant Hogan lolled against the jamb and announced his entrance with a laugh.The Cruise of the Dry Dock|T. S. Stribling
He stood leaning against the jamb of the door, his hands in his pockets, with a very cross look on his handsome face.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot|Mrs. Molesworth
He pressed his ear against the juncture of the door and jamb.Tangle Hold|F. L. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for jamb
Word Origin for jamb
Word Origin and History for jamb
side-piece of a door, window, etc., early 14c., from Old French jambe "pier, side post of a door," originally "a leg, shank" (12c.), from Late Latin gamba "leg, (horse's) hock" (see gambol).