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.
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- 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.
More definitions of gyveDefinition of gyve in:
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