1. an officer having charge of hedges and fences around a town common, especially to keep cattle from breaking through and to impound stray cattle.

Origin of hayward

1175–1225; Middle English heiward, equivalent to hei(e) hedge, fence (Old English hege; akin to hedge, haw3) + ward ward


  1. Leland,1902–71, U.S. theatrical producer.
  2. a city in central California, SE of Oakland.
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  1. British obsolete a parish officer in charge of enclosures and fences
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Word Origin and History for hayward


proper name, from Old English hege-weard "guardian of the fence/hedge." His original duties seem to have been protecting the fences around the Lammas lands, when enclosed, to prevent cattle from breaking in while the crops grew.

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