Nearby words

  1. timarau,
  2. timaru,
  3. timbal,
  4. timbale,
  5. timbale iron,
  6. timber beetle,
  7. timber cruiser,
  8. timber hitch,
  9. timber limit,
  10. timber mill

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 formstim·ber·less, adjectivetim·ber·y, adjective

Can be confusedtimber 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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Word Origin and History for timber

timber

n.

Old English timber "building, structure," later "building material, trees suitable for building," and "wood in general," from Proto-Germanic *temran (cf. Old Frisian timber "wood, building," Old High German zimbar "timber, wooden dwelling, room," Old Norse timbr "timber," German Zimmer "room"), from PIE *demrom-, from root *dem-/*dom- "build" (source of Greek domos, Latin domus; see domestic (adj.)).

The related Old English verb timbran, timbrian was the chief word for "to build" (cf. Dutch timmeren, German zimmern). As a call of warning when a cut tree is about to fall, it is attested from 1912 in Canadian English. Timbers in the nautical slang sense (see shiver (n.)) is from the specialized meaning "pieces of wood composing the frames of a ship's hull" (1748).

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