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[lahrd] /lɑrd/
the rendered fat of hogs, especially the internal fat of the abdomen.
verb (used with object)
to apply lard or grease to.
to prepare or enrich (lean meat, chicken, etc.) with pork or fat, especially with lardons.
to supplement or enrich with something for improvement or ornamentation:
a literary work larded with mythological allusions.
Origin of lard
late Middle English
1300-50; Middle English (v.), late Middle English (noun) < Middle French larder (v.), lard (noun) < Latin lār(i)dum bacon fat; akin to Greek lārīnós fat (adj.)
Related forms
lardlike, adjective
overlard, verb (used with object)
unlarded, adjective
well-larded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Johnnie's three or four damascened daggers were rubbed bright with hog's lard and sand.

    House of Torment Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Also lard it with bay leaf or rosemary to be removed when serving.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • May be removed by simmering the bark of the root of bitter-sweet in lard, till it becomes very yellow.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • First dilute the flour and the sugar in the water, then add the lard.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • The blood rushed to his head as Sandu dropped his knife and spilt a piece of lard upon the table.

British Dictionary definitions for lard


the rendered fat from a pig, esp from the abdomen, used in cooking
(informal) excess fat on a person's body
verb (transitive)
to prepare (lean meat, poultry, etc) by inserting small strips of bacon or fat before cooking
to cover or smear (foods) with lard
to add extra material to (speech or writing); embellish
Derived Forms
lardlike, adjective
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin lāridum bacon fat
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Word Origin and History for lard

late 14c. (possibly early 13c.), "rendered fat of a swine," from Old French larde "joint, meat," especially "bacon fat" (12c.), and directly from Latin lardum "lard, bacon, cured swine's flesh," probably cognate with Greek larinos "fat," laros "pleasing to the taste."


"prepare (meat) for roasting by inserting of pieces of salt pork, etc., into it," mid-14c., from Old French larder "to lard" (12c.), from lard "bacon fat" (see lard (n.)). Figuratively, of speech or writing, from 1540s. Related: Larded; larding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tub of guts

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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