gable (n.) mid-14c., from O.Fr. gable "facade, front, gable," from O.N. gafl "gable, gable-end" (in north of England, the word is probably directly from Norse), probably from P.Gmc. *gablaz "top of a pitched roof" (Cf. M.Du. ghevel, Du. gevel, O.H.G. gibil, Ger. Geibel, Goth. gibla "gable"), from PIE *ghebhel. Cognates seem to be words meaning both "fork" (Cf. O.E. gafol, geafel, O.S. gafala, Du. gaffel, O.H.G. gabala "pitchfork," Ger. Gabel "fork;" O.Ir. gabul "forked twig") and "head" (Cf. O.H.G. gibilla, O.S. gibillia "skull").
Possibly the primitive meaning of the words may have been 'top', 'vertex'; this may have given rise to the sense of 'gable', and this latter to the sense of 'fork', a gable being originally formed by two pieces of timber crossed at the top supporting the end of the roof-tree." [OED]
Related: Gabled; gables.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • gâble — gâble …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • GÂBLE — Terme de charpenterie appliqué à la maçonnerie. À l’origine, «gâble» désigne le triangle formé par les deux arbalétriers d’une lucarne. Par extension, il s’applique presque exclusivement à un mur léger, généralement triangulaire, posé sur l’arc… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Gable — Ga ble, n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable — oder Gablé ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Christopher Gable (1940–1998), britischer Tänzer, Schauspieler, Ballettdirektor und pädagoge Clark Gable (1901–1960), US amerikanischer Schauspieler Dan Gable (* 1948), US amerikanischer Ringer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gâble — Gable Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Clark Gable, acteur de cinéma ; Le gable ou gâble, élément d architecture. Gable Blanc, ancienne commune française du Calvados, aujourd hui… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gable — [gā′bəl] n. [ME < OFr < Gmc, as in ON gafl, gable, akin to Ger giebel < IE base * ghebhel , gable, head > Gr kephalē] 1. a) the triangular wall enclosed by the sloping ends of a ridged roof b) popularly the whole section, including… …   English World dictionary

  • Gable — Nom anglais d origine incertaine. On envisage parfois l ancien français gable (= intérêt, usure), surnom possible pour un usurier, mais il devrait plutôt s agir d un toponyme désignant une colline de forme triangulaire (du vieux norrois gafle,… …   Noms de famille

  • gable — ► NOUN 1) the triangular upper part of a wall at the end of a ridged roof. 2) a gable shaped canopy over a window or door. DERIVATIVES gabled adjective. ORIGIN Old Norse …   English terms dictionary

  • Gable — Ga ble, n. A cable. [Archaic] Chapman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable — Gable, Clark …   Enciclopedia Universal

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.