Meaning of TIMBER in English


I. ˈtim-bər 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


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


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

II. transitive verb

( tim·bered ; tim·ber·ing -b(ə-)riŋ)

Date: before 12th century

: to frame, cover, or support with timbers

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