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[kaird; Scot. keyrd]
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noun Scot.
  1. a traveling tinker, especially a gypsy.
  2. a wandering tramp or vagrant.
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Origin of caird

1655–65; < Scots Gaelic ceard tinker; akin to Latin cerdō workman, Greek kerdṓ cunning one
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Examples from the Web for caird

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • "Then it is just as well his father did not stay to hear it," replied Mrs. Caird.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for caird


  1. Scot obsolete a travelling tinker; vagrant
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Word Origin

C17: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh cerdd craft
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