Definition of Gargoyle

1. Noun. A spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal.

Generic synonyms: Spout



2. Noun. An ornament consisting of a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal.
Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation

Definition of Gargoyle

1. n. A spout projecting from the roof gutter of a building, often carved grotesquely.

Definition of Gargoyle

1. Noun. A carved grotesque figure on a spout which conveys water away from the gutters. ¹

2. Noun. Any decorative carved grotesque figure on a building. ¹

3. Noun. A fictional winged creature. ¹

4. Noun. (slang pejorative) An ugly woman. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gargoyle

1. an ornamental figure [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gargoyle

gargety
gargil
gargle
gargle-factory
gargled
gargler
garglers
gargles
gargling
gargling fluid
gargol
gargouillade
gargouillades
gargoulette
gargoulettes
gargoyle (current term)
gargoyle cell
gargoyled
gargoyles
gargoylism
gargoylisms
gargyle
gargyles
gari
garial
garials
garibaldi
garibaldis
garigue
garigues

Literary usage of Gargoyle

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1. "Little Ten-minutes": Or, A Pastor's Talks with His Children by Frank Tappan Bayley (1909)
"I SUPPOSE, dear children, that if I were"to say something to you about a gargoyle you would hardly know what I meant: so I have brought one to show you. ..."

2. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"1. outlet (contextual); spec, pipe, nozzle, snout, beak, waterspout, monitor, jet, gargoyle; see COCK. 2. issue¡ spirt, spurt, spire (rare), gush, squirt, ..."

3. Roman and Medieval Art by William Henry Goodyear (1897)
"... these were different modes of practical construction successively called into use by matter-of-fact causes, and FIG. 150.—gargoyle AND GOTHIC DETAILS. ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"And many gargoyle, ami many hideous heads . . . Lydgate, Troy (ed. ... An old spelling of gargoyle. garibaldi (gar-i-bal'di; It. pron. gä-re-bäl'de), ..."

5. Records of the Past by Records of the Past Exploration Society (1904)
"A LION HEAD, gargoyle GEZER FOUNDATION DEPOSITS AND MODERN BELIEFS BY DR. GHOSN EL-HOWIE IT IS a little over an hour's ride south of the road which leads ..."

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