noun(usually gyves) archaic
A fetter or shackle: Thomas Chase lay bound most painfully with chains, gyves, manacles, and irons
More example sentences
- So he stooped and put the gyve in his bosom; and the rough iron galled him as he went, and his bosom bled.
- It seems to us that this scheme merely recommends manacles instead of gyves; that it is a mere substitution of one kind of fetter for another.
- I see the food to be wholesome, said Jack; and still it is no proof that a man should wear a gyve on his right leg.
Middle English: of unknown origin.
- More example sentences
- None are happy, none are good, none are respectable, that are not gyved like us.
- For now and then in the gyved one's trance a serene happy light born of some wandering reminiscence or dream would diffuse itself over his face, and then wane away only anew to return.
Definition of gyve in:
- The US English dictionary