What does the word gibbet mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by Anthony Trollope
  3. Not the least scrape of a claw is delivered at the foot of the gibbet. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre