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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 gyves

Historical Examples

  • As yet, my hand has not known the manacle, nor my feet the gyves!

    The Pirate and The Three Cutters

    Frederick Marryat

  • 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.


    Mary Johnston

  • Then the gyves of his strong will give way as the withes fell from Samson.

British Dictionary definitions for gyves


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

C13: of unknown origin
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