- everything that is pertinent, appropriate, or available.
- in all ways; in every respect; all the way: If you want to run for mayor, I'll be with you the whole nine yards.
Origin of yard1
verb (used with object)
Origin of yard2
Related Words for yardlawn, garden, patch, courtyard, playground, lot, backyard, grass, patio, court, barnyard, quadrangle, clearing, corral, fold, terrace, close, enclosure
Examples from the Web for yard
Contemporary Examples of yard
Parker writes of the “black-faced doe” that he sees in the yard in his new Texas house.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
Just right for that person who needs a little creative push to do something daring in their yard.The Best Gift Books of 2014
December 12, 2014
Later that day he made a call from the row of phones in the yard and reached his wife for the first time in six months.
The victim was himself dangerous, and also the strongest man in the yard.
Scotland Yard released a video of the extraordinary crime in an appeal for anyone who recognizes the man to come forward.Thief Hypnotizes Shopkeeper, Then Robs Him
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of yard
Just then Ben Haley, looking from the window, saw some chickens in the yard.Brave and Bold
But when K., growing uneasy, came out into the yard, the engine had started at last.
Seeing the crowd, Wilson drove directly to the yard and parked his machine.
And if I had seen a sheet flying around the yard I would have picked it up.Her Father's Daughter
But I has not a man in the yard as can ride since Will died.Night and Morning, Complete
Word Origin for yard
- an enclosed or open area used for some commercial activity, for storage, etca railway yard
- (in combination)a brickyard; a shipyard
Word Origin for yard
"ground around a house," Old English geard "enclosure, garden, court, house, yard," from Proto-Germanic *garda (cf. Old Norse garðr "enclosure, garden, yard;" Old Frisian garda, Dutch gaard, Old High German garto, German Garten "garden;" Gothic gards "house," garda "stall"), from PIE *gharto-, from root *gher- "to grasp, enclose" (cf. Old English gyrdan "to gird," Sanskrit ghra- "house," Albanian garth "hedge," Latin hortus "garden," Phrygian -gordum "town," Greek khortos "pasture," Old Irish gort "field," Breton garz "enclosure, garden," and second element in Latin cohors "enclosure, yard, company of soldiers, multitude").
Lithuanian gardas "pen, enclosure," Old Church Slavonic gradu "town, city," and Russian gorod, -grad "town, city" belong to this group, but linguists dispute whether they are independent developments or borrowings from Germanic. Yard sale is attested by 1976. Middle English yerd "yard-land" (mid-15c.) was a measure of about 30 acres.
measure of length, Old English gerd (Mercian), gierd (West Saxon) "rod, stick, measure of length," from West Germanic *gazdijo, from Proto-Germanic *gazdaz "stick, rod" (cf. Old Saxon gerda, Old Frisian ierde, Dutch gard "rod;" Old High German garta, German gerte "switch, twig," Old Norse gaddr "spike, sting, nail"), from PIE *gherdh- "staff, pole" (cf. Latin hasta "shaft, staff"). The nautical yardarm retains the original sense of "stick."
Originally in Anglo-Saxon times a land measure of roughly 5 meters (a length later called rod, pole, or perch). Modern measure of "three feet" is attested from late 14c. (earlier rough equivalent was the ell of 45 inches, and the verge). In Middle English, the word also was a euphemism for "penis" (cf. "Love's Labour's Lost," V.ii.676). Slang meaning "one hundred dollars" first attested 1926, American English.
see all wool and a yard wide; in one's own back yard; whole nine yards.