- a person, especially a minor, who has been legally placed under the care of a guardian or a court.
- the state of being under the care or control of a legal guardian.
- guardianship over a minor or some other person legally incapable of managing his or her own affairs.
verb (used with object)
- warbling vireo,
- warburg, otto heinrich,
- ward eight,
- ward heeler,
- ward off,
- ward, artemas,
- ward, artemus
Origin of ward
Origin of -ward
Examples from the Web for ward
You know, Ward, I think I understand my father more every day.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus.
In that vein, Burns and Ward stress how TR, ER, and FDR “overcame … the traumas of their childhoods” and young adult lives.
Here, Burns and Ward not only introduce us to the diverse projects and achievements of the New Deal.
Yes, Burns and Ward have produced an Intimate History that deftly weaves together the personal and the political.
Then the roof of the ward lifted about an inch, and more wind beat down, and as it beat down, so the roof lifted.The Backwash of War|Ellen N. La Motte
He was standing over her now, and she was cowering before him, her shaking hands rising as though to ward off his eyes.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
The first prominent failure in the city took place, I think it was Ward & Co., commission merchants and private bankers.The Adventures of a Forty-niner|Daniel Knower
If I say you must not leave here; that I will not permit my ward to work for her living?Medoline Selwyn's Work|Mrs. J. J. Colter
They pleaded with her, on bended knees, in the village church, to ward off this dread enemy and to send them protection.Our Little Polish Cousin|Florence E. Mendel
- Also called: ward of courta person, esp a minor or one legally incapable of managing his own affairs, placed under the control or protection of a guardian or of a court
- guardianship, as of a minor or legally incompetent person
- an internal ridge or bar in a lock that prevents an incorrectly cut key from turning
- a corresponding groove cut in a key
Word Origin for ward
Word Origin for -ward
Old English weard "a guarding, a watchman, a sentry," from West Germanic *wardo (cf. Old Saxon ward, Old Norse vörðr, Old High German wart). Used for administrative districts (at first in the sense of guardianship) from late 14c.; of hospital divisions from 1749. Meaning "minor under control of a guardian" is from early 15c. Ward-heeler is 1890, from heeler "loafer, one on the lookout for shady work" (1870s).
Old English weardian "to keep guard," from Proto-Germanic *wardojan- (cf. Old Saxon wardon, Old Norse varða "to guard," Old Frisian wardia, Middle Dutch waerden "to take care of," Old High German warten "to guard, look out for, expect," German warten "to wait, wait on, nurse, tend"), from *wardo- (see ward (n.)). French garder, Italian guardare, Spanish guardar are Germanic loan-words. Meaning "to parry, to fend off" (now usually with off) is recorded from 1570s. Related: Warded; warding.
adverbial suffix expressing direction, Old English -weard "toward," literally "turned toward," sometimes -weardes, with genitive singular ending of neuter adjectives, from Proto-Germanic *warth (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian -ward, Old Norse -verðr), variant of PIE *wert- "to turn, wind," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). The original notion is of "turned toward."