There are 2 main definitions of targe in English:

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targe 1

Pronunciation: /tɑːdʒ/

noun

Archaic term for target (sense 2 of the noun).
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Old English targa, targe, of Germanic origin; reinforced in Middle English by Old French targe.

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There are 2 main definitions of targe in English:

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targe 2

Pronunciation: /tɑːdʒ/

noun

Scottish & 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.

Origin

Late 19th century: from the verb targe 'to reprimand, scold, beat', of uncertain origin.

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