- a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.
- (initial capital letter) an epithet or nickname of Edmund II.
- (initial capital letter) Usually Ironsides.
- (used with a singular verb)a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
- the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
- ironsides, (usually used with a singular verb)
Origin of ironside
or Eadmund II
- Ironside, a.d. c980–1016, English king 1016: defeated by Canute.
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"I have just been hearing about your marriage, Ironside," he said.
"It's a bargain, Mr. Ironside," she said, with gentle dignity.
Are you—are you being just kind to me, Mr. Ironside, like—like Hugh Chesyl?
My father had this stubborn virtue to the full; and so had that old Ironside Ireton from whom we are descended.The Master of Appleby
He had to recall that Ironside was a very fine young fellow, with a commendable spirit of inquiry in medical matters.A Houseful of Girls
- nickname of Edmund II of EnglandSee Edmund II
- called Edmund Ironside. ?980–1016, king of England in 1016. His succession was contested by Canute and they divided the kingdom between them
Word Origin and History for ironside
name given to a man of great hardihood or bravery, c.1300, first applied to Edmund II, king of England (d.1016), later also to Oliver Cromwell and his troops. Old Ironsides as a nickname of U.S.S. "Constitution" dates from that ship's defeat of H.M.S. "Guerriere" on Aug. 19, 1812, in the War of 1812.