Origin uncertain, perhaps from Old French *gamberel.
gambrel (plural gambrels)
- The hind leg of a horse.
- (obsolete) A bar, usually metal, with a central loop and a hook at each end, used to hang a carcass for butchering.
- (US, architecture) A gambrel roof.
Derived terms 
- To truss or hang up by means of a gambrel.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Flanders to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.