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gable end

an end wall bearing a gable.
Origin of gable end
1300-50; Middle English
Related forms
gable-ended, adjective Unabridged
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  • I found my uncle at the gable-end, watching the signs of the weather, with a pipe in his fingers.

  • Gunston Hall, on the other hand, reverted to the gable-end form.

  • He crept from his window on to the roof and thence to the gable-end; perhaps it was the world that called.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • A cat last summer found a starlings nest in the gable-end of an old barn.

    Cats W. Gordon Stables
  • The houses formed a straggling irregular street—here a garden, next a gable-end of a farm, there a row of cottages, and so on.

    The Grey Woman and other Tales Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
  • "They are under the kettles, at the gable-end of the hall," answered the woman.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • So all through the gray afternoon I looked sharply for a house, mistaking every monstrous bowlder for a gable-end.

  • The entrance was in the side wall of the chamber by the gable-end, and there was a dais there.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • The other was treated likewise; and the two rabbits hung skinned and cleaned, stiffening high up on the gable-end.

    The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels
  • I expect to see you like a gable-end, with a couple of mullioned windows for eyes, and a mouth.

British Dictionary definitions for gable-end

gable end

the end wall of a building on the side which is topped by a gable
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