Meaning of TIMBER in English

TIMBER

n.

Pronunciation: ' tim-b ə r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, building, wood; akin to Old High German zimbar wood, room, Greek demein to build, domos course of stones or bricks

Date: before 12th century

1 a : growing trees or their wood b ― used interjectionally to warn of a falling tree

2 : wood suitable for building or for carpentry

3 : MATERIAL , STUFF especially : a person or type of person qualified for a particular position or status <managerial timber >

4 a : a large squared or dressed piece of wood ready for use or forming part of a structure b British : LUMBER 2A c : a curving frame branching outward from the keel of a ship and bending upward in a vertical direction that is usually composed of several pieces united : RIB

– timber adjective

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