Archaic term for target (sense 2 of the noun).
- Their blood up, the Jacobites, most of them armed with small round shields, known as targes, and double-edged broadswords, hurtled down the slope.
- As the claymores, targes and antique pistols on the walls of Seaforth Cottage also testify, domicile north of the Great Glen can also engender a degree of swashbuckling.
- Some targes had center bosses of brass, and a few of these could accept a long steel spike which screwed into a small ‘puddle’ of lead which was fixed to the wood, under the boss.
Definition of targe in:
Entry from British & World English dictionary
nounScottish & Northern Irish informal
A formidably aggressive older woman: she was an old targe of a schoolteacher
More example sentences
- I'm going to look forward to being a targe in my old age.
- For all her doughty declarations, there's the odd hint of vanity and vulnerability in this targe.
- We want more of Roy and his targe of a mother.
Late 19th century: from the verb targe 'to reprimand, scold, beat', of uncertain origin.
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