garb

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French garbe (graceful outline) (Modern French galbe), from Italian garbo (grace, elegance), perhaps from Germanic (compare Old High German garwi, garawi (dress, equipment, preparation) and English gear).

Noun[edit]

garb (plural garbs)

  1. fashion, style of dressing oneself up [from late 16th c.]
  2. A type of dress or clothing. [from early 17th c.]
  3. (figuratively) a guise, external appearance
    • Shakespeare
      You thought, because he could not speak English in the native garb, he could not therefore handle an English cudgel.
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Verb[edit]

garb (third-person singular simple present garbs, present participle garbing, simple past and past participle garbed)

  1. (transitive) To dress in garb.
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Etymology 2[edit]

French gerbe; akin to German Garbe

Noun[edit]

garb (plural garbs)

  1. (heraldry) A wheat sheaf.
  2. A measure of arrows in the Middle Ages.
    • 1957, H. R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry, page 118.
      Yorkshire supplied 500 bows, and 580 garbs of arrows, 360 of which had iron heads pointed with steel.
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Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *gъrbъ, *gъrba

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Noun[edit]

garb m

  1. a hump (rounded fleshy mass)
  2. a hump (deformity of the human back)

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