Origin of armed
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to carry weapons.
- to serve as a member of the military or of contending forces: His religious convictions kept him from bearing arms, but he served as an ambulance driver with the Red Cross.
Origin of arm2
Synonyms for arm
Antonyms for arm
Examples from the Web for armed
Contemporary Examples of armed
They are, to say the least, preparing for civil war (the polling stations are stormed by armed gangs).Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Most travelers return home from trips revitalized and armed with new goals.Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
Major General Jean Kahwaji of the Lebanese armed forces recently declared an “open-ended war” with the militants.
In their midst stands a soldier with the Lebanese armed forces in a red beret, sporting an assault rifle and an unblinking stare.
But the police nevertheless declared Stone to be “armed and dangerous,” despite getting around with a cane.Hunt for Iraq Vet After Killing Spree
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of armed
The legions which she sends forth are armed, not with the sword, but with the cross.
They were armed with rifles, and their horses were in good condition.
Two guards, armed to the teeth, would be in it, and the door was closed.Way of the Lawless
They were all mounted, armed with rifles, and used their rifles well.
I knew how useless it was, and I remembered that he himself had armed me for my protection.The Bacillus of Beauty
- having an arm or arms
- (in combination)long-armed; one-armed
- the corresponding limb of any other vertebrate
- an armlike appendage of some invertebrates
Word Origin for arm
- to activate (a fuse) so that it will explode at the required time
- to prepare (an explosive device) for use by introducing a fuse or detonator
Word Origin for arm
"equipped for battle," early 13c., past participle adjective from arm (v.).
"upper limb," Old English earm "arm," from Proto-Germanic *armaz (cf. Old Saxon, Danish, Swedish, Middle Dutch, German arm, Old Norse armr, Old Frisian erm), from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (cf. Sanskrit irmah "arm," Armenian armukn "elbow," Old Prussian irmo "arm," Greek arthron "a joint," Latin armus "shoulder"). Arm of the sea was in Old English. Arm-twister "powerful persuader" is from 1938. Arm-wrestling is from 1899.
They wenten arme in arme yfere Into the gardyn [Chaucer]
"weapon," c.1300, armes (plural) "weapons of a warrior," from Old French armes (plural), "arms, war, warfare," mid-13c., from Latin arma "weapons" (including armor), literally "tools, implements (of war)," from PIE root *ar- "fit, join" (see arm (n.1)). The notion seems to be "that which is fitted together." Meaning "heraldic insignia" (in coat of arms, etc.) is early 14c.; originally they were borne on shields of fully armed knights or barons.
In addition to the idioms beginning with arm
- arm and a leg
- armed to the teeth
- arm in arm
- at arm's length
- babe in arms
- forewarned is forearmed
- give one's eyeteeth (right arm)
- long arm of the law
- one-armed bandit
- put the arm on
- shot in the arm
- take up arms
- talk someone's arm off
- twist someone's arm
- up in arms
- with one arm tied behind
- with open arms