burd

[ burd ]
/ bɜrd /
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noun Chiefly Scot.

a young lady; maiden.

Nearby words

  1. burble,
  2. burbot,
  3. burchfield,
  4. burchfield, charles,
  5. burckhardt,
  6. burden,
  7. burden of proof,
  8. burdened,
  9. burdensome,
  10. burdizzo

Origin of burd

1175–1225; Middle English burde lady, perhaps representing Old English byrde well born

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Word Origin and History for burd

burd

n.

poetic word for "woman, lady" in old ballads; later "young lady, maiden;" c.1200, perhaps from Old English byrde "wealthy, well-born." Or a metathesis of bryd "bride." The masculine equivalent was berne.

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