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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We tarried awhile to watch Messrs Anderson and Rowe perform doughty deeds with caber and shot on a pleasant summers day.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Caber \Ca"ber\ (k[=a]"b[~e]r), n. [Gael. cabar.] A pole or beam, esp. one used in Gaelic games for tossing as a trial of strength.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

pole used in housebuilding, especially as an object tossed in the Highland games, 1510s, from Gaelic cabar "pole, spar," cognate with Irish cabar "lath," Welsh ceibr "beam, rafter."


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


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


Çabër or Čabra is a village located in the municipality of Zubin Potok, in Kosovo. The river Iber runs through Çabër. According to legend, there were two brothers and their nephew who first came to Çabër and gave it its name. Eventually a village was formed and now and grew to have a large population. It has been said that these brothers and their nephew came from a place named " qafa e prushit" which is located in the borders of city of Kosovo (Gjakova) and Albania. The most common surnames in the village are Uka, Kurti, and Mehmeti.

Usage examples of "caber".

Foyle hurled Sigurd Magsman up into the air like an ancient Scotsman tossing the caber.

He came from the far north and at the Highland games he used to array himself in kilt and sporran and throw cabers around like matchsticks.

John McCabe was a strapping Scotsman with arms like cabers and a look that would frighten even the fiercest dog.

There had been no opportunity to clean himself up after Lucius and Cabera had restitched and rebandaged his wounds.

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.

He would have Cabera look at it back on Accipiter, but he didn't think it was broken.