1375–1425; late Middle English timbred. See timber, -ed3

nontimbered, adjective
overtimbered, adjective
untimbered, adjective
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the wood of growing trees suitable for structural uses.
growing trees themselves.
wooded land.
wood, especially when suitable or adapted for various building purposes.
a single piece of wood forming part of a structure or the like: A timber fell from the roof.
Nautical. (in a ship's frame) one of the curved pieces of wood that spring upward and outward from the keel; rib.
personal character or quality: He's being talked up as presidential timber.
Sports. a wooden hurdle, as a gate or fence, over which a horse must jump in equestrian sports.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with timber.
to support with timber.
verb (used without object)
to fell timber, especially as an occupation.
a lumberjack's call to warn those in the vicinity that a cut tree is about to fall to the ground.

before 900; Middle English, Old English: orig., house, building material; cognate with German Zimmer room, Old Norse timbr timber; akin to Gothic timrjan, Greek démein to build. See dome

timberless, adjective
timbery, adjective

timber, timbre.
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timber (ˈtɪmbə)
1.  a.  Usual US and Canadian word: lumber wood, esp when regarded as a construction material
 b.  (as modifier): a timber cottage
2.  a.  trees collectively
 b.  chiefly (US) woodland
3.  a piece of wood used in a structure
4.  nautical a frame in a wooden vessel
5.  potential material, for a post, rank, etc: he is managerial timber
6.  (tr) to provide with timbers
7.  a lumberjack's shouted warning when a tree is about to fall
[Old English; related to Old High German zimbar wood, Old Norse timbr timber, Latin domus house]

timbered (ˈtɪmbəd)
1.  made of or containing timber or timbers
2.  covered with trees; wooded

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Word Origin & History

O.E. timber "building, structure," later "building material, trees suitable for building," and "wood in general," from P.Gmc. *temran (cf. O.Fris. timber "wood, building," O.H.G. zimbar "timber, wooden dwelling, room," O.N. timbr "timber," Ger. Zimmer "room"), from PIE *demrom-, from base *dem-/*dom-
"build" (source of Gk. domos, L. domus; see domestic). The O.E. verb timbran, timbrian was the chief word for "to build" (cf. Du. timmeren, Ger. zimmern). As a call of warning when a cut tree is about to fall, it is attested from 1912 in Canadian Eng. Timbers in the nautical slang sense (see shiver (n.)) is from the specialized meaning "pieces of wood composing the frames of a ship's hull" (1748).
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Example sentences
The soaring timbered ceiling had disappeared under tiles fitted with
  fluorescent lights.
There is a den not too far away atop a timbered knoll sheltered by overhanging
The timbered ceiling and terra-cotta floor give the room a cool rustic feeling.
Good value attracts visitors and locals alike to its pair of cozy rooms, one
  paneled and timbered.
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