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  1. Usually gyves. a shackle, especially for the leg; fetter.
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verb (used with object), gyved, gyv·ing.
  1. to shackle.
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Origin of gyve

1175–1225; Middle English give < ?
Related formsun·gyved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gyve

Historical Examples of gyve

  • Item, I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furniture.

    The Facts About Shakespeare

    William Allan Nielson

  • In the early days Brown was hyphenated to Smith with a gyve.

    The Awful Australian

    Valerie Desmond

  • If this be all the prayse you can gyve him, you will no more offend me with tediousnes.

  • Here was obviously the Junius of democracy, for whom the only effective answer was the gag and gyve.

  • It hung on to him like a boa-constrictor, and squeezed his leg so tight that it gyve him a bad attack of gout.

    Two Knapsacks

    John Campbell

British Dictionary definitions for gyve


  1. (tr) to shackle or fetter
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  1. (usually plural) fetters
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Word Origin for gyve

C13: of unknown origin
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