- Usually gyves. a shackle, especially for the leg; fetter.
- to shackle.
Origin of gyve
1175–1225; Middle English give < ?
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Examples from the Web for gyve
Item, I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture.The Facts About Shakespeare
William Allan Nielson
In the early days Brown was hyphenated to Smith with a gyve.The Awful Australian
If this be all the prayse you can gyve him, you will no more offend me with tediousnes.The Curiosities of Heraldry
Mark Antony Lower
Here was obviously the Junius of democracy, for whom the only effective answer was the gag and gyve.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
It hung on to him like a boa-constrictor, and squeezed his leg so tight that it gyve him a bad attack of gout.Two Knapsacks
- (tr) to shackle or fetter
- (usually plural) fetters
C13: of unknown origin
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