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From Old French bourde.


bourd (plural bourds)

  1. (obsolete) A joke; jesting, banter.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.iii:
      The wisard could no lenger beare her bord, / But brusting forth in laughter, to her sayd; / Glauce, what needs this colourable word [...]?


bourd (third-person singular simple present bourds, present participle bourding, simple past and past participle bourded)

  1. (obsolete) To jest.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bourd in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)