- (used with a singular verb) a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
- the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
Definition for ironside (2 of 2)
or Eadmund II
Examples from the Web for ironside
Are you—are you being just kind to me, Mr. Ironside, like—like Hugh Chesyl?The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories|Ethel M. Dell
A distinct chuckle came from Canute, and some murmur about the Ironside's chin.
As he was led to the scaffold some base scullion called out to the brave old Ironside, Where is your good old cause now?Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
He went to sea in a privateer under captain Ironside, his uncle, and changed his name to Lewson.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1|The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
A few steps more, and the bushes had blotted out the Ironside and his thanes.
British Dictionary definitions for ironside (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for ironside (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for ironside
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.