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warder

Syllabification: ward·er
Pronunciation: /ˈwôrdər
 
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Definition of warder in English:

noun

chiefly British
A guard in a prison.
Example sentences
  • The escapees, who were apparently being guarded by three prison warders while the others fought the fire, overpowered them and fled into the surrounding rural areas.
  • It irritated many, myself included, to hear that the prison warders of Wakefield Jail had been ordered to take off the England flag tie pins they were wearing to raise cash for a cancer charity.
  • Yet, unaccountably, once he was faced with prisons, prisoners and warders, Balfour stopped entertaining the people.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a watchman or sentinel): from Anglo-Norman French wardere, from Old Northern French warder 'to guard'. The current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with warder

awarder, boarder, border, defrauder, hoarder, Korda, marauder, order, recorder, sordor

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