[ pahr-buhk-uh l ]
/ ˈpɑrˌbʌk əl /


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.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for parbuckle


/ (ˈpɑːˌbʌkəl) /


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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