gallows

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Etymology 1Edit

Old English ġealga.

NounEdit

gallows (plural gallows or gallowses)

  1. Wooden framework on which persons are put to death by hanging.
    • 1728, Thomas Otway, “The Atheist, or, the Second Part of the Solider's Fortune”, in The Works of Mr. Thomas Otway[1], volume 2, page 37:
      No, Sir, 'tis fear of Hanging. Who would not ſteal, or do Murder, every time his Fingers itch'd at it, were it not for fear of the Gallows?
  2. (colloquial, obsolete) A wretch who deserves to be hanged.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (printing, obsolete) The rest for the tympan when raised.
  4. (colloquial, obsolete) suspenders; braces
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VerbEdit

gallows

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of gallow
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