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clyde

[klahyd]
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noun Slang.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) a stupid, inept, or boorish person.
  2. the brain or mind.

Origin of clyde

probably generic use of the personal name

Clyde

[klahyd]
noun
  1. a river in S Scotland, flowing NW into the Firth of Clyde. 106 miles (170 km) long.
  2. Firth of, an inlet of the Atlantic, in SW Scotland. 64 miles (103 km) long.
  3. a male given name: a Scottish family name, after the Clyde River.
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Clyde

noun
  1. Firth of Clyde an inlet of the Atlantic in SW Scotland. Length: 103 km (64 miles)
  2. a river in S Scotland, rising in South Lanarkshire and flowing northwest to the Firth of Clyde: formerly extensive shipyards. Length: 170 km (106 miles)
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Word Origin and History for clyde

Clyde

masc. proper name, from the family name, from the region of the Clyde River in Scotland (see Clydesdale). Most popular in U.S. for boys c.1890-1910, falling off rapidly thereafter, hence probably its use in 1940s teenager slang for "a square, one not versed in popular music or culture."

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