[pahr-buhk-uh l]
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. to raise, lower, or move with a parbuckle.

Origin of parbuckle

First recorded in 1620–30; earlier parbunkel, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for parbuckle

Contemporary Examples of parbuckle

Historical Examples of parbuckle

  • “We must pass straps round this, and parbuckle him up,” he observed.

    Adrift in a Boat

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There was a hearty assent, as Syd said to himself, “What does he mean by ‘parbuckle’?”

    Syd Belton

    George Manville Fenn

  • Mr. Parbuckle, he ordered me to pacify 'em, an' I was a-doin' the best I could.

    Woven with the Ship

    Cyrus Townsend Brady

  • A light yarding or a land clearing donkey furnishes the power to parbuckle the logs into the water.

    Motor Truck Logging Methods

    Frederick Malcolm Knapp

British Dictionary definitions for parbuckle


  1. a rope sling for lifting or lowering a heavy cylindrical object, such as a cask or tree trunk
  1. (tr) to raise or lower (an object) with such a sling

Word Origin for parbuckle

C17 parbunkel: of uncertain origin
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