braid

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English braiden, breiden, bræiden, from Old English breġdan (to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (wrestling), draw (sword), drag; bend, weave, braid, knit, join together; change color, vary, be transformed; bind, knot; move, be pulled; flash), from Proto-Germanic *bregdaną (to flicker, flutter, jerk, tug, twitch, flinch, move, swing), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrēḱ-, *bʰrēǵ- (to shine, shimmer). Cognate with Scots brade, braid (to move quickly or suddenly), West Frisian breidzje, Dutch breien (to knit), Low German breiden, Bavarian bretten (to move quickly, twitch), Icelandic bregða (to move quickly, jerk).

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Verb[edit]

braid (third-person singular simple present braids, present participle braiding, simple past braided, past participle braided or (obsolete) browden)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To start into motion.
  3. (transitive) To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids.
    • Milton
      Braid your locks with rosy twine.
  4. To mix, or make uniformly soft, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in preparing food.
  5. (obsolete) To reproach; to upbraid.
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Noun[edit]

braid (plural braids)

  1. (obsolete) A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench. [11th-17th c.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XII:
      And than in a brayde Sir Launcelot brake hys chaynes of hys legges and of hys armys (and in the brakynge he hurte hys hondys sore) []
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  2. A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration. [from 16th c.]
  3. A fancy; freak; caprice.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. Hyrde to this entry?)
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Adjective[edit]

braid (comparative more braid, superlative most braid)

  1. (obsolete) deceitful
    • Shakespeare
      Since Frenchmen are so braid, / Marry that will, I live and die a maid.

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Romanization[edit]

braid

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌳

Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

braid

  1. (archaic, dialectal) dative singular of brad

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
braid bhraid mbraid
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.