- the hard-shelled fruit of any of various plants, especially those of Lagenaria siceraria (white-flowered gourd or bottle gourd), whose dried shell is used for bowls and other utensils, and Cucurbita pepo (yellow-flowered gourd), used ornamentally.Compare gourd family.
- a plant bearing such a fruit.
- a dried and excavated gourd shell used as a bottle, dipper, flask, etc.
- a gourd-shaped, small-necked bottle or flask.
- out of/off one's gourd, Slang. out of one's mind; crazy.
Origin of gourd
Examples from the Web for gourd
Teammates would get calls from Ellis out of his gourd at 3:30 a.m. on nights before games.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid
February 5, 2014
With her head bent forward, she stared at some petals that had fallen from the gourd.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
"I went all the way," answered Allan, lifting the gourd of well-water to his lips.The Long Roll
"Dip her deep, son," he would say as he emptied the gourd and sent the boy for more.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Here's a gourd, there's a yeast powder can, and there's a tin cup.Shadows of Shasta
He provided himself also with a pilgrim's staff and a gourd to drink from.The Autobiography of St. Ignatius
Saint Ignatius Loyola
- the fruit of any of various cucurbitaceous or similar plants, esp the bottle gourd and some squashes, whose dried shells are used for ornament, drinking cups, etc
- any plant that bears this fruitSee also sour gourd, dishcloth gourd, calabash
- a bottle or flask made from the dried shell of the bottle gourd
- a small bottle shaped like a gourd
Word Origin and History for gourd
c.1300, from Anglo-French gourde, from Old French coorde, ultimately from Latin cucurbita "gourd," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to cucumis "cucumber."