• (RP) IPA: /ˈtɪmbə/, (interjecting) IPA: [ˈtɪˑmˌbəː]
  • (GA) enPR: tĭmʹbər, IPA: /ˈtɪmbɚ/, (interjecting) IPA: [ˈtɪˑmˌbɚː]


  1. (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  2. (outside, North America, uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
  3. (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for something such as a roof.
    the timbers of a ship
  4. Material for any structure.
  5. (firearms, informal) The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.
  6. (archaic) A certain quantity of fur skins (as of martens, ermines, sables, etc.) packed between boards; in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty. Also timmer, timbre.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: bois de charpente, bois de construction, bois de menuiserie
  • German: Holz, Bauholz
  • Italian: legname
  • Portuguese: madeira
  • Russian: пиломатериа́лы
  • Spanish: leño, madero
Translations Interjection
  1. Used by loggers to warn others that a tree being felled is falling.
Translations Verb

timber (timbers, present participle timbering; past and past participle timbered)

  1. (transitive) To fit with timbers.
    timbering a roof
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To construct, frame, build.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, London: Edw. Dod & Nath. Ekins, 1650, Book I, Chapter 5, p. 14,
      For many heads that undertake [learning], were never squared nor timbred for it.
  3. (falconry, intransitive) To light or land on a tree.
  4. (obsolete) To make a nest.
  5. (transitive) To surmount as a timber does.
  1. Misspelling of timbre

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