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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).

Alternative forms[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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)


braid ‎(plural braids)

  1. (obsolete) A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench. [11th-17thc.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Bk.XII, ch.ii:
      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) [].
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sackville to this entry?)
  2. A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration. [from 16thc.]
  3. A fancy; freak; caprice.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of R. Hyrde to this entry?)

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Etymology 2[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.





  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌳




  1. (archaic, dialectal) dative singular of brad


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.