- (used with a singular verb)a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
- the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
Origin of ironside
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"I have just been hearing about your marriage, Ironside," he said.
"It's a bargain, Mr. Ironside," she said, with gentle dignity.
Are you—are you being just kind to me, Mr. Ironside, like—like Hugh Chesyl?
My father had this stubborn virtue to the full; and so had that old Ironside Ireton from whom we are descended.The Master of Appleby
He had to recall that Ironside was a very fine young fellow, with a commendable spirit of inquiry in medical matters.A Houseful of Girls
name given to a man of great hardihood or bravery, c.1300, first applied to Edmund II, king of England (d.1016), later also to Oliver Cromwell and his troops. Old Ironsides as a nickname of U.S.S. "Constitution" dates from that ship's defeat of H.M.S. "Guerriere" on Aug. 19, 1812, in the War of 1812.