verb (used with object)
Origin of gift
Definition for gift (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for gift
The kids had a gift for him too, a tee shirt with ‘Baseball Spoken Here’ stenciled across the front.
While the chicken today might be the least exotic bird one can think of, it was once a gift that wowed kings.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity|William O’Connor|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.
Both Prados have enough magic that, after you visit them, the whole world feels like their gift shop for a few hours.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then the gift card is shopped online in a gray market to collect cold currency.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her mother had taught her to be scrupulously honest about such matters, and she wanted the gift to be altogether hers.Kathie's Soldiers|Amanda Minnie Douglas
Sir Michael, not possessing the gift of eloquence himself, beckoned to his elder brother to speak.Tales From Jkai|Mr Jkai
I have looked into it once before,—on its first reception as a gift from the author.Over the Teacups|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
His “Merry Christmas” to Mrs. Purtett was followed up by a ravished kiss and the gift of a silver butter-knife.
He possesses every gift which women and men both admire, but he hasn't our standards.The Great Prince Shan|E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for gift (1 of 2)
Word Origin for gift
British Dictionary definitions for gift (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Word Origin and History for gift
mid-13c. (c.1100 in surnames), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse gift, gipt "gift, good luck," from Proto-Germanic *giftiz (cf. Old Saxon gift, Old Frisian jefte, Middle Dutch ghifte "gift," German Mitgift "dowry"), from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive" (see habit).
For German Gift "poison," see poison (n.). Old English cognate gift meant "bride-price, marriage gift (by the groom), dowry" (Old English noun for "giving, gift" was related giefu). Sense of "natural talent" is c.1300, perhaps from earlier sense of "inspiration" (late 12c.). As a verb from 16c., especially in gifted. As a verb, giftwrap (also gift-wrap) attested by 1936.
Idioms and Phrases with gift
In addition to the idiom beginning with gift
- gift of gab
- look a gift horse in the mouth