[ kwis ]
/ kwɪs /

noun Armor.

a piece of armor or padding for protecting the thigh.
Also cuish [kwish] /kwɪʃ/.

Origin of cuisse

1275–1325; earlier also cush, plural cushies (the plural cush(i)e-s misanalyzed as cush-(i)es), Middle English quissheu, kusheu, plural quyssewes, cusschewis < Old French quisseuz, cuisseus, plural of cuissel, equivalent to cuisse thigh (< Latin coxa hipbone) + -el noun suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cuish

  • But when he put off his armor he found the cuish from his right thigh filled with clots of blood from an angry wound in his side.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays|Frances Jenkins Olcott

British Dictionary definitions for cuish


cuish (kwɪʃ)

/ (kwɪs) /


a piece of armour for the thigh

Word Origin for cuisse

C15: back formation from cuisses (plural), from Old French cuisseaux thigh guards, from cuisse thigh, from Latin coxa hipbone
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