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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 gyved

Historical Examples of gyved

  • They are fettered and gyved by what they have said and done.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)

    Elbert Hubbard

  • None are happy, none are good, none are respectable, that are not gyved like us.

  • See you how cunningly all her limbs are gyved, and chained to the iron bolts of the bed?

    A Monk of Fife

    Andrew Lang

  • He twisted his two gyved hands around and got one of them into his coat pocket.

    A Pagan of the Hills

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for gyved


  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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