[kaird; Scot. keyrd]
- a traveling tinker, especially a gypsy.
- a wandering tramp or vagrant.
Origin of caird
1655–65; < Scots Gaelic ceard tinker; akin to Latin cerdō workman, Greek kerdṓ cunning one
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Examples from the Web for caird
And see Mary and all the lave have their hands as black as a caird's.'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
Mr. Caird gave me a striking instance of such a case in Scotland.More Letters of Charles Darwin
But in any case Mr. Caird's amendment was promptly negatived.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 1 of 2
Edward Tyas Cook
The dinner and the evening were all that Mrs. Caird intended.
"Then it is just as well his father did not stay to hear it," replied Mrs. Caird.
- Scot obsolete a travelling tinker; vagrant
C17: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh cerdd craft
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