gibbeted

gibbet

[jib-it]
noun
1.
a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution.
verb (used with object), gibbeted, gibbeting.
2.
to hang on a gibbet.
3.
to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
4.
to hold up to public scorn.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Old French gibet (earlier, staff or cudgel), diminutive of gibe staff, club

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

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gibbet
early 13c., "gallows," from O.Fr. gibet, dim. of gibe "club," perhaps from Frankish. *gibb "forked stick." The verb meaning "to kill by hanging" is from 1640s.
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