Adjective "gallows" definition and examples

(Gallows may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples

plural noun

A structure, typically of two uprights and a crosspiece, for the hanging of criminals.
  1. 'A convent (with flash webpage) was founded close by the site of the old gallows, and a small group of snooker-playing nuns still pray for the souls of the dead.'
  2. 'One Sunday night, while all the villagers slept, workers began constructing a gallows that was forty feet high.'
  3. 'On the same basis, skiers should be warned that those plank things on their feet could cause them to slide downhill rather rapidly and hangmen that their gallows were a bit unsafe because of that ruddy great trapdoor.'
  4. 'They have applied to Highland Council to build a 50 ft high gallows at the site in Ballachulish where James of the Glen was executed in 1752 for a murder he did not commit.'
  5. 'The gallows are situated behind a tiled building, which is now being demolished.'
  6. 'A gallows was erected in front of the city gates.'
  7. 'The Tyburn, on the Tadcaster Road side of Knavesmire, was where York's gallows were situated from 1379 until 1812.'
  8. 'Scores of gallows were erected in the city and public hangings became common place.'
  9. 'The gallows were ready, having been carefully inspected, constructed, and tested overnight.'
  10. 'They stood by a gallows holding ropes which were strung over a pulley to become a noose holding up a body.'
  11. 'He will either face the gallows or a long-term detention.'
  12. 'But even if he saves her from the gallows she will still have a lengthy prison term before her.'
  13. 'Thus, they could avoid fines, whippings, imprisonment, or worse, the gallows!'
  14. 'He talks freely and very colourfully about facing the gallows, his life in jail and the fortunate turn of events that enabled him to transform his life.'
  15. 'For this ‘crime,’ which no one understands but Selma and the audience, American justice will sentence her to the gallows.'
  16. 'Fourteen were killed, but subsequent trials led to transportation to Tasmania, not the gallows.'
  17. 'Acquitting a woman on ground of insanity may have saved her from the gallows, or a lengthy prison term, but it also stripped her crime of meaning.'
  18. 'He staked everything on his ability to convince a judge to sentence the pair to life imprisonment and save them from the gallows.'
  19. 'His evidence at the war trials saved him from the gallows.'
  20. 'He was never likely to denounce the Downing Street snake-pit and order its inmates to the gallows.'

More definitions

1. a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.

2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.

3. execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows.

4. Also called gallows bitts. Nautical. a support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.

More examples(as adjective)

"loudlies can be gallows."

"humours can be gallows."

"humors can be gallows."


Old English galga, gealga, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch galg and German Galgen; reinforced in Middle English by Old Norse gálgi.