Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long heavy wooden pole tossed end over end as a demonstration of strength in Scottish highland games.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, thick log held upright at one end and tossed in the Highland games.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pole or beam, esp. one used in Gaelic games for tossing as a trial of strength.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pole; a rafter; a beam; a large stick.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a heavy wooden pole (such as the trunk of a young fir) that is tossed as a test of strength (in the Highlands of northern Scotland)

Etymologies

Scottish Gaelic cabar, pole, beam, rafter, from Vulgar Latin *capri┼Ź, from Latin capra, she-goat; see chevron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • When talking about objects (or people) fitting in some physical place, caber is always the verb to use.

    If the shoe fits......

  • _tinel_ -- huge bludgeon, beam, "caber" -- but he afterwards turns out to be Guibourc's, or rather Orable's, own brother.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • For "The chair fits in my car" you use the verb "caber".

    If the shoe fits......

  • CABER TOSSING (Gaelic _cabar_, a pole or beam), a Scottish athletic exercise which consists in throwing a section of a trunk of a tree, called the "caber," in such a manner that it shall turn over in the air and fall on the ground with its small end pointing in the direction directly opposite to the "tosser."

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • Wheatley on Prayer-book.] [Footnote 8: The caber is a small tree, or beam, heavier at one end than the other.

    Old English Sports

  • a trial of strength, and a heavy rail having been brought down from the stackyard, the "caber" was tossed before an enthusiastic company.

    We of the Never-Never

  • You probably look down on caber-tossing too, ya wimps.

    My God, It's Full Of Tweets!

  • Soon, the Englishman who had tossed the caber was sparring with the dramatic critic, Hazard and Hall boxed in fantastic burlesque, then, gloves in hand, looked for the next appropriately matched couple.

    CHAPTER VIII

  • An English writer beat him a dozen feet at tossing the caber.

    CHAPTER VIII

  • I rode my wheel more, chiefly because it was permanently out of pawn; and I boxed and fenced, walked on my hands, jumped high and broad, put the shot and tossed the caber, and went swimming.

    Chapter 27

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  • Shurely not from an extinct verb "to cabe"? To be big and heavy? To be lengthy and wooden? To be tossable?

    November 16, 2007