Definition of gyve in English:

gyve

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Pronunciation: /dʒʌɪv
 
, gʌɪv
 
/

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.”

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

gyved

adjective
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.

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