gibbet (plural gibbets)
- An upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display.
1728, Otway, Thomas, “The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune”, in The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway, volume 2, London, page 37:
- No, had every Commandment but a Gibbet belonging to it, I ſhould not have had four King's Evidences to-day ſwear impudently I was a Papiſt, when I was never at Maſs yet ſince I was born, nor indeed at any other Worſhip theſe twenty Years.
- The projecting arm of a crane, from which the load is suspended; the jib.
- Human form structure made of iron bands designed to publicly display the corpse of an executed criminal.
upright post with a crosspiece used for execution and subsequent public display; a gallows
- (transitive) To execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet.
- (transitive) To expose (someone) to ridicule or scorn.
to execute (someone), or display (a body), on a gibbet
- ^ Le Robert pour tous, Dictionnaire de la langue française, Janvier 2004, p. 520