One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That has been hung or stretched out on a gambrel.
2Of a roof: with two sides, each of which has a shallower slope above a steeper one. Of a building: provided with a gambrel roof; gambrel-roofed.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Fletcher (1579–1625), playwright. From gambrel + -ed.
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