Part of speech: verb

To hang; execrate.

Part of speech: noun

An upright timber with a crosspiece at its upper end, used as a gallows.

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Usage examples "gibbet":

  1. Thursday night, not last week, but week avore, you set on Varmer Chegwidden as he was a- riding home peaceable across Gibbet Hill, and you pulled 'en off his horse, and stripped the clothes off 'en, and flung 'en into vuzzy- bushes, and purty nigh murdered 'en, and you steals his money and his clothes, and you'm a- wearing his clothes now; and he wants to know what he've been and done," said the policeman, with another wink at Weevil's distressed countenance. - "Furze the Cruel", John Trevena.
  2. The entire roof was off; one could see the rotting joists and beams, some fallen, some falling, the rest ready to fall, like the skeleton of a felon left to rot on an open gibbet. - "The Macdermots of Ballycloran", Anthony Trollope.
  3. Not the least scrape of a claw is delivered at the foot of the gibbet. - "The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles", Jean Henri Fabre.