[ skab-erd ]
/ ˈskæb ərd /


a sheath for a sword or the like.

verb (used with object)

to put into a scabbard; sheathe.

Nearby words

  1. sc.d.hyg.,
  3. sc.m.,
  4. sc.m.hyg.,
  5. scab,
  6. scabbard fish,
  7. scabbardfish,
  8. scabbed,
  9. scabble,
  10. scabby

Origin of scabbard

1250–1300; Middle English scalburde, scauberge (compare Anglo-French escauberz, escauberge, Medieval Latin escauberca) ≪ dissimilated variant of Old High German *skārberga sword-protection. See shear, harbor

Related formsscab·bard·less, adjectiveun·scab·bard, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scabbard


/ (ˈskæbəd) /


a holder for a bladed weapon such as a sword or bayonet; sheath

Word Origin for scabbard

C13 scauberc, from Norman French escaubers (pl), of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skār blade and bergan to protect

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Word Origin and History for scabbard



c.1300, from Anglo-French *escauberc "sheath, vagina" (13c.), from Frankish or another Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *sker-berg-, literally "sword-protector," from *skar "blade" (cf. Old High German scar "scissors, blade, sword," from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut;" see shear) + *berg- "protect" (cf. Old High German bergan "to protect;" see bury).

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