[ dahr-bee ]
/ ˈdɑr bi /

noun, plural dar·bies. Building Trades.

a float having two handles, used by plasterers.


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Origin of darby

1565–75; perhaps after a proper name or Derby, England

Definition for darby (2 of 3)

[ dahr-bee ]
/ ˈdɑr bi /


a city in SE Pennsylvania.

Definition for darby (3 of 3)

[ dahr-beez ]
/ ˈdɑr biz /

plural noun British Slang.

handcuffs; manacles.

Origin of darbies

First recorded in 1565–75; probably from the phrase Darby's bonds a rigid bond, perhaps named after a noted 16th-century usurer
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British Dictionary definitions for darby (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdɑːbɪ) /


Abraham. 1677–1717, British iron manufacturer: built the first coke-fired blast furnace (1709)

British Dictionary definitions for darby (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdɑːbɪz) /

pl n

British short for handcuffsSee handcuff

Word Origin for darbies

C16: perhaps from the phrase Father Derby's or Father Darby's bonds, a rigid agreement between a usurer and his client
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