tumbrel
or tumbril noun Etymology: Middle English tomrel, from Old French (tomberel, from tomber to tumble, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tūmōn to reel — more at tumble Date: 14th century 1. a farm tipcart 2. a vehicle carrying condemned persons (as political prisoners during the French Revolution) to a place of execution

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  • Tumbrel — Tum brel, Tumbril Tum bril, n. [OF. tomberel, F. tombereau, fr. tomber to fall, to tumble; of Teutonic origin. Cf. {Tumble}.] 1. A cucking stool for the punishment of scolds. [1913 Webster] 2. A rough cart. Tusser. Tatler. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumbrel — mid 15c., two wheeled cart, earlier an instrument of punishment of uncertain type (early 13c.), from O.Fr. tumberel dump cart, from tomber (let) fall or tumble, possibly from a Germanic source (Cf. O.N. tumba to tumble, O.H.G. tumon to turn,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tumbrel — or tumbril [tum′brəl] n. [ME tomberel < MFr, tip cart < tomber, to fall, tumble, leap < OHG tumon: see TUMBLE] 1. a farmer s tip cart, esp. for dung 2. any of the carts used to carry the condemned to the guillotine during the French… …   English World dictionary

  • tumbrel — noun /ˈtʌmbrəl/ a) a kind of mediaeval torture device, later associated with a cucking stool , 1997: This is a sixteenth century work done by a Flemish master, Pieter Bruegel, and it is called The Triumph of Death (…). He studies the tumbrel… …   Wiktionary

  • tumbrel — Cucking stool Cuck ing stool (k?k ?ng st??l ). [Cf. AS. scealfingst[=o]l, a word of similar meaning, allied to scealfor a diver, mergus avis; or possibly from F. coquine a hussy, slut, jade, f. of coquin, OE. cokin, a rascal; or cf. Icel. k?ka to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tumbrel — /tum breuhl/, n. 1. one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine. 2. a farmer s cart, esp. one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load. 3. Obs. a two wheeled covered cart accompanying …   Universalium

  • Tumbrel — From the 16c a contraption for the ducking in water of minor criminals, named from the tipping cart which carried and tipped night soil; the sense of earlier usages is not clear. Cf. Cuck stool …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • tumbrel — sb. == a porpoise. HD. 757. Swed. tumlare …   Oldest English Words

  • tumbrel — tum·brel || tÊŒmbrÉ™l n. (tumbril) cart for transporting victims to their execution (especially to the guillotine during the time of the French Revolution); dumpcart (especially one used for transporting dung) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tumbrel — tumbler …   Anagrams dictionary

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