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[jahyv] /dʒaɪv/ Archaic.
Usually, gyves. a shackle, especially for the leg; fetter.
verb (used with object), gyved, gyving.
to shackle.
Origin of gyve
1175-1225; Middle English give < ?
Related forms
ungyved, adjective Unabridged
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  • gyves fastened up his limbs and dread of some cruel doom struck at his heart as he stooped to enter the place.

  • He walked in gyves, he and the Adelantado, to the house of his detention.

    1492 Mary Johnston
  • I ken ye be readier wi' a taste o' the gyves than oatmeal bannocks; an' sae I'se gang awa' to my mither.

  • Here is no issue; and, by my sooth, good Jack, we are here as fairly prisoners as though the gyves were on our ankle bones.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Then the gyves of his strong will give way as the withes fell from Samson.

  • Adolphe, the gyves upon his wrists, craved a cigarette, and a police-officer took one from the packet lying upon the sideboard.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • There may be collar on my neck, and gyves on wrist and ankle, but my soul wears no shackles.

    Wager of Battle Henry William Herbert
  • I see myself being led out of my house with gyves upon my wrists like the beastly poem Hood made upon "Eugene Aram."

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • We may as well suppose, that a felon would forge his own gyves, and construct his own prison.

  • The gospel of liberty smote the gyves at once from the bodies and the souls of men.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
British Dictionary definitions for gyves


(transitive) to shackle or fetter
(usually pl) fetters
Word Origin
C13: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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