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gib·bet

 (jĭb′ĭt)
n.
1. A device used for hanging a person until dead; a gallows.
2. An upright post with a crosspiece, forming a T-shaped structure from which executed criminals were formerly hung for public viewing.
tr.v. gib·bet·ed, gib·bet·ing, gib·bets or gib·bet·ted or gib·bet·ting
1. To execute by hanging on a gibbet.
2.
a. To hang on a gibbet for public viewing.
b. To expose to infamy or public ridicule.

[Middle English gibet, from Old French, diminutive of gibe, staff, probably from Frankish *gibb, forked stick.]

gibbet

(ˈdʒɪbɪt)
n
(Law)
a. a wooden structure resembling a gallows, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung to public view
b. a gallows
vb (tr)
1. (Law) to put to death by hanging on a gibbet
2. to hang (a corpse) on a gibbet
3. to expose to public ridicule
[C13: from Old French gibet gallows, literally: little cudgel, from gibe cudgel; of uncertain origin]

gib•bet

(ˈdʒɪb ɪt)

n.
1. a post with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of executed criminals were formerly hung in chains for public display.
2. a gallows.
v.t.
3. to hang on a gibbet.
4. to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
5. to hold up to public scorn.
[1175–1225; < Old French gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club]

gibbet


Past participle: gibbeted
Gerund: gibbeting

Imperative
gibbet
gibbet
Present
I gibbet
you gibbet
he/she/it gibbets
we gibbet
you gibbet
they gibbet
Preterite
I gibbeted
you gibbeted
he/she/it gibbeted
we gibbeted
you gibbeted
they gibbeted
Present Continuous
I am gibbeting
you are gibbeting
he/she/it is gibbeting
we are gibbeting
you are gibbeting
they are gibbeting
Present Perfect
I have gibbeted
you have gibbeted
he/she/it has gibbeted
we have gibbeted
you have gibbeted
they have gibbeted
Past Continuous
I was gibbeting
you were gibbeting
he/she/it was gibbeting
we were gibbeting
you were gibbeting
they were gibbeting
Past Perfect
I had gibbeted
you had gibbeted
he/she/it had gibbeted
we had gibbeted
you had gibbeted
they had gibbeted
Future
I will gibbet
you will gibbet
he/she/it will gibbet
we will gibbet
you will gibbet
they will gibbet
Future Perfect
I will have gibbeted
you will have gibbeted
he/she/it will have gibbeted
we will have gibbeted
you will have gibbeted
they will have gibbeted
Future Continuous
I will be gibbeting
you will be gibbeting
he/she/it will be gibbeting
we will be gibbeting
you will be gibbeting
they will be gibbeting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gibbeting
you have been gibbeting
he/she/it has been gibbeting
we have been gibbeting
you have been gibbeting
they have been gibbeting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gibbeting
you will have been gibbeting
he/she/it will have been gibbeting
we will have been gibbeting
you will have been gibbeting
they will have been gibbeting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gibbeting
you had been gibbeting
he/she/it had been gibbeting
we had been gibbeting
you had been gibbeting
they had been gibbeting
Conditional
I would gibbet
you would gibbet
he/she/it would gibbet
we would gibbet
you would gibbet
they would gibbet
Past Conditional
I would have gibbeted
you would have gibbeted
he/she/it would have gibbeted
we would have gibbeted
you would have gibbeted
they would have gibbeted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gibbet - alternative terms for gallowsgibbet - alternative terms for gallows  
gallows - an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging
Verb1.gibbet - hang on an execution instrument
string up, hang - kill by hanging; "The murderer was hanged on Friday"
2.gibbet - expose to ridicule or public scorn
display, exhibit, expose - to show, make visible or apparent; "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"

gibbet

verb
To execute by suspending by the neck:
Informal: string up.
Slang: swing.
Translations
مِشْنَقَه
šibenice
galge
gálgi
karātavas

gibbet

[ˈdʒɪbɪt] Nhorca f

gibbet

nGalgen m

gibbet

[ˈdʒɪbɪt] npatibolo

gibbet

(ˈdʒibit) noun
a gallows in the shape C on which criminals used to be executed or hung up after execution.
References in classic literature ?
On the edge of the river I could faintly make out the only two black things in all the prospect that seemed to be standing upright; one of these was the beacon by which the sailors steered - like an unhooped cask upon a pole - an ugly thing when you were near it; the other a gibbet, with some chains hanging to it which had once held a pirate.
We're that near the gibbet that my neck's stiff with thinking on it.
These papers are delivered to a set of artists, very dexterous in finding out the mysterious meanings of words, syllables, and letters: for instance, they can discover a close stool, to signify a privy council; a flock of geese, a senate; a lame dog, an invader; the plague, a standing army; a buzzard, a prime minister; the gout, a high priest; a gibbet, a secretary of state; a chamber pot, a committee of grandees; a sieve, a court lady; a broom, a revolution; a mouse-trap, an employment; a bottomless pit, a treasury; a sink, a court; a cap and bells, a favourite; a broken reed, a court of justice; an empty tun, a general; a running sore, the administration.
What is to be done," said Sancho, "is this; you, the winner, be you good, bad, or indifferent, give this assailant of yours a hundred reals at once, and you must disburse thirty more for the poor prisoners; and you who have neither profession nor property, and hang about the island in idleness, take these hundred reals now, and some time of the day to-morrow quit the island under sentence of banishment for ten years, and under pain of completing it in another life if you violate the sentence, for I'll hang you on a gibbet, or at least the hangman will by my orders; not a word from either of you, or I'll make him feel my hand.
And he took the gibbet and shaped it out as neatly as possible.
A gibbet was accordingly constructed of oars; the chief of the village and his people were assembled, and the, culprit was produced, with his legs and arms pinioned.
He would have been grieved, but not horrified, to come on the nobleman's body dangling from one of his own trees as from a gibbet, or floating in his own pool like a pallid weed.
It must be admitted that a permanent gibbet and a pillory, "a justice and a ladder," as they were called in that day, erected side by side in the centre of the pavement, contributed not a little to cause eyes to be turned away from that fatal place, where so many beings full of life and health have agonized; where, fifty years later, that fever of Saint Vallier was destined to have its birth, that terror of the scaffold, the most monstrous of all maladies because it comes not from God, but from man.
God speed the day of his coronation, when, before the very eyes of the Plantagenet hound, a black cap shall be placed upon his head for a crown; beneath his feet the platform of a wooden gibbet for a throne.
Another showed to him his bloody hands; for this fellow had ripped open Cornelius and disembowelled him, and was now hastening to the spot in order not to lose the opportunity of serving the Grand Pensionary in the same manner, whilst they were dragging the dead body of Cornelius to the gibbet.
Let him hear in season that he is born into the state of war, and that the commonwealth and his own well-being require that he should not go dancing in the weeds of peace, but warned, self-collected and neither defying nor dreading the thunder, let him take both reputation and life in his hand, and, with perfect urbanity dare the gibbet and the mob by the absolute truth of his speech and the rectitude of his behavior.
And it would be ten times better for your uncle (to go no farther afield) if he were dangling decently upon a gibbet.