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caird

[kaird; Scot. keyrd] /kɛərd; Scot. keɪrd/
noun, Scot.
1.
a traveling tinker, especially a gypsy.
2.
a wandering tramp or vagrant.
Origin of caird
1655-1665
1655-65; < Scots Gaelic ceard tinker; akin to Latin cerdō workman, Greek kerdṓ cunning one
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  • And see Mary and all the lave have their hands as black as a caird's.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Mr. caird gave me a striking instance of such a case in Scotland.

  • But in any case Mr. caird's amendment was promptly negatived.

  • And Mrs. caird's anxieties drifted to the youth she loved so dearly.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Mrs. caird looked at her and was not quite pleased with her attitude.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • At these words Mrs. caird flushed angrily, and looked at Ian.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The dinner and the evening were all that Mrs. caird intended.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "Then it is just as well his father did not stay to hear it," replied Mrs. caird.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • But of the tenor of these thoughts he said nothing; yet Mrs. caird was satisfied.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He made Mrs. caird think of Donald, and she blessed him as he passed.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for caird

caird

/kɛəd; Scottish kerd/
noun
1.
(Scot, obsolete) a travelling tinker; vagrant
Word Origin
C17: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh cerdd craft
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