[ skaf-uh l-ding, -ohl- ]
/ ˈskæf əl dɪŋ, -oʊl- /


a scaffold or system of scaffolds.
materials for scaffolds.

Origin of scaffolding

1300–50; Middle English skaf(f)aldyng; see scaffold, -ing1

Definition for scaffolding (2 of 2)


[ skaf-uh ld, -ohld ]
/ ˈskæf əld, -oʊld /


verb (used with object)

to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
to support by or place on a scaffold.

Origin of scaffold

1300–50; Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque

Related forms

un·scaf·fold·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scaffolding (1 of 2)


/ (ˈskæfəldɪŋ) /


a scaffold or system of scaffolds
the building materials used to make scaffolds

British Dictionary definitions for scaffolding (2 of 2)


/ (ˈskæfəld, -fəʊld) /


a temporary metal or wooden framework that is used to support workmen and materials during the erection, repair, etc, of a building or other construction
a raised wooden platform on which plays are performed, tobacco, etc, is dried, or (esp formerly) criminals are executed

verb (tr)

to provide with a scaffold
to support by means of a scaffold

Derived Forms

scaffolder, noun

Word Origin for scaffold

C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque
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