- a strong person with great power of endurance or resistance.
- (initial capital letter) an epithet or nickname of Edmund II.
- (initial capital letter) Usually Ironsides.
- (used with a singular verb)a nickname of Oliver Cromwell.
- the soldiers serving under Cromwell.
- ironsides, (usually used with a singular verb)
Origin of ironside
Examples from the Web for ironsides
In the name of the Deity he charged at the head of his Ironsides.
She referred him to Susan to see if there were rooms which the Ironsides could have.A Houseful of Girls
Again he reminded one of the "predestined" leader of the Ironsides.The Broken Sword
A mast and sail was put into the life-boat, which we named the "Ironsides."
Every thing in the "Ironsides" was wet, but the stores of the "Hope" were in perfect order.
- a person with great stamina or resistance
- an ironclad ship
- (often capital) (in the English Civil War)
- the cavalry regiment trained and commanded by Oliver Cromwell
- Cromwell's entire army
- nickname of Edmund II of EnglandSee Edmund II
Word Origin and History for ironsides
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.