[pahr-buhk-uh l]


a kind of tackle for raising or lowering a cask or similar object along an inclined plane or a vertical surface, consisting of a rope looped over a post or the like, with its two ends passing around the object to be moved.
a kind of double sling made with a rope, as around a cask to be raised or lowered.

verb (used with object), par·buck·led, par·buck·ling.

to raise, lower, or move with a parbuckle.

Nearby words

  1. paraxon,
  2. parazoan,
  3. paraíba,
  4. parañaque,
  5. parboil,
  6. parca,
  7. parcae,
  8. parcel,
  9. parcel gilding,
  10. parcel out

Origin of parbuckle

First recorded in 1620–30; earlier parbunkel, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for parbuckle

British Dictionary definitions for parbuckle



a rope sling for lifting or lowering a heavy cylindrical object, such as a cask or tree trunk


(tr) to raise or lower (an object) with such a sling

Word Origin for parbuckle

C17 parbunkel: of uncertain origin

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