- 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)
Origin of ward
Synonyms for ward
Related Words for wardingavert, avoid, block, check, deflect, deter, divert, fend, foil, forestall, frustrate, halt, interrupt, obviate, parry, preclude, prevent, rebuff, rebut, repel
Examples from the Web for warding
Contemporary Examples of warding
Before the arrests, the Italian navy had defended the men, lauding them for warding off pirates and protecting the Italian vessel.Italian Pirate-Fighting Marines On Trial
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 14, 2014
Good hygiene, students are advised, is important for warding away bad breath and bad smells from that woolen suit.Perfect Your Ho-Ho-Ho’s at the Top Santa-Training School
December 26, 2013
For Arab women, however, warding off fundamentalists is only half the battle.Nude Art Mag Riles Middle East
September 3, 2010
Historical Examples of warding
He raised a hand with the gesture of one warding off a blow.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
He had been warding off the moment of despair, but he could do so no longer now.The Manxman
The attitude of warding off reveals itself as fastidiousness and as bashfulness.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
It was sufficient for Mascarin to be assured of a danger to find means of warding it off.Caught In The Net
She raised her tiny hands before her face as if she were warding off a blow.A Tar-Heel Baron
Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
- 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
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.
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).