Origin of timber

before 900; Middle English, Old English: orig., house, building material; cognate with German Zimmer room, Old Norse timbr timber; akin to Gothic timrjan, Greek démein to build. See dome

Related forms

tim·ber·less, adjectivetim·ber·y, adjective

Can be confused

timber timbre
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British Dictionary definitions for timber

timber

/ (ˈtɪmbə) /

noun

verb

(tr) to provide with timbers

interjection

a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall

Word Origin for timber

Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house
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