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Etymology

Middle English tymber from Old English timber

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
timber

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  1. (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  2. (UK) (uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction. (US) lumber.
  3. (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for things such as roof; also (historically) in the plural, as in ship's timbers.

Synonyms

  • (trees considered as a source of wood)
  • (wood that has been cut ready for construction): lumber, wood
  • (beam used to support a roof): beam, rafter

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Derived terms

Interjection

timber!

  1. Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.

Translations


Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *timram from Proto-Indo-European *dem(H₂)- (build, house). Cognates include Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Old Norse timbr and Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽 (timrjan), to build).

Noun

timber n.

  1. timber
  2. a building
  3. the act of building

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