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[gawrd, gohrd, goo rd] /gɔrd, goʊrd, gʊərd/
the hard-shelled fruit of any of various plants, especially those of Lagenaria siceraria (white-flowered gourd or bottle gourd) whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils, and Cucurbita pepo (yellow-flowered gourd) used ornamentally.
Compare gourd family.
a plant bearing such a fruit.
a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.
out of / off one's gourd, Slang. out of one's mind; crazy.
Origin of gourd
1275-1325; Middle English gourd(e), courde < Anglo-French (Old French cöorde) < Latin cucurbita
Related forms
gourdlike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gourd
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  • With her head bent forward, she stared at some petals that had fallen from the gourd.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • "I went all the way," answered Allan, lifting the gourd of well-water to his lips.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • "Dip her deep, son," he would say as he emptied the gourd and sent the boy for more.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Here's a gourd, there's a yeast powder can, and there's a tin cup.

    Shadows of Shasta Joaquin Miller
  • He provided himself also with a pilgrim's staff and a gourd to drink from.

    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • He placed the gourd on the edge of the table where we could all see it.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Mrs. Ralston, unobserved, went to the table and picked up the gourd.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • During all this, some added to the noise by rattling pebbles in a gourd.

  • When the gourd is all flourishing, a worm may unseen be preying at its root!

    Memories of Bethany John Ross Macduff
British Dictionary definitions for gourd


the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous or similar plants, esp the bottle gourd and some squashes, whose dried shells are used for ornament, drinking cups, etc
any plant that bears this fruit See also sour gourd, dishcloth gourd, calabash
a bottle or flask made from the dried shell of the bottle gourd
a small bottle shaped like a gourd
Derived Forms
gourdlike, adjective
gourd-shaped, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gourde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita
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Word Origin and History for gourd

c.1300, from Anglo-French gourde, from Old French coorde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita "gourd," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to cucumis "cucumber."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gourd



The head; skull (1844+)

Related Terms

lose one's gourd, out of one's head

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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