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From Middle Welsh orð (with g added in nonleniting environments), from Proto-Brythonic *orð (whence also Old Breton ord, modern Breton horzh (sledgehammer), and the demonym Ordo-vices), from Proto-Celtic *ordos (whence also Old Irish ord). Connections outside Celtic are uncertain, but it may be related to Old Armenian ուռն (uṙn, hammer).



gordd f (plural gyrdd)

  1. hammer, mallet, sledgehammer
  2. churn staff
  3. one of the fulling stocks or beetles in a fulling mill

Derived terms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gordd ordd ngordd unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “gordd”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies