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gallows

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English galwes, galewes, galowe, galwe, from Old English ġealga, from Proto-Germanic *galgô, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰalgʰ-, *ǵʰalg- (long switch, rod, shaft, pole, perch). Compare West Frisian galge, Dutch galg, German Galgen, Danish galge, Icelandic gálgi.

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.
  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