gaud

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

gaud (plural gauds)

  1. a cheap showy trinket
    • Shakespeare
      an idle gaud
    • 1926 Dalmeny lent me red tabs, Evans his brass hat; so that I had the gauds of my appointment in the ceremony of the Jaffa gate, which for me was the supreme moment of the war. - T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  2. (obsolete) trick; jest; sport
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  3. (obsolete) deceit; fraud; artifice
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
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Verb[edit]

gaud (third-person singular simple present gauds, present participle gauding, simple past and past participle gauded)

  1. (obsolete) To bedeck gaudily; to decorate with gauds or showy trinkets or colours; to paint.
    Nicely gauded cheeks. — Shakespeare.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare French se gaudir (to rejoice).

Verb[edit]

gaud (third-person singular simple present gauds, present participle gauding, simple past and past participle gauded)

  1. To sport or keep festival.
    • Sir T. North
      gauding with his familiars