- Usually gyves. a shackle, especially for the leg; fetter.
- to shackle.
Origin of gyve
1175–1225; Middle English give < ?
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Examples from the Web for gyves
As yet, my hand has not known the manacle, nor my feet the gyves!The Pirate and The Three Cutters
We glory in them, and hold up our gyves to show them to the world.
Apparently he had somehow managed to slip from the gyves by working at them constantly.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
He walked in gyves, he and the Adelantado, to the house of his detention.1492
Then the gyves of his strong will give way as the withes fell from Samson.Tales from Many Sources
- (tr) to shackle or fetter
- (usually plural) fetters
C13: of unknown origin
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