From a metathetic variation of gird (“to strike, smite, upbraid, scold, jibe”), from Middle English girden, gerden (“to strike, thrust, smite”, literally “smite with a rod”), from gerd, yerd (“a rod, yard”). More at yard.
- (obsolete, transitive) To pierce (something) with a weapon; to wound, to stab.
- (obsolete, intransitive, of a weapon or sharp object) To travel through something.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book II, Canto VIII”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, pages 300-301:
- So ſtoutly he withſtood their ſtrong aſſay, / Till that at laſt, when he aduantage ſpyde, / His poynant ſpeare he thruſt with puiſſant ſway / At proud Cymochles, whiles his ſhield was wyde, / That through his thigh the mortall ſteele did gryde […]
- To produce a grinding or scraping sound.
- 1849, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H., canto 108:
- Fiercely flies
The blast of North and East, and ice
Makes daggers at the sharpen’d eaves,
And bristles all the brakes and thorns
To yon hard crescent, as she hangs
Above the wood which grides and clangs
Its leafless ribs and iron horns
Together, in the drifts that pass
To darken on the rolling brine
That breaks the coast.
gride (plural grides)
- (obsolete) Alternative form of , second-person singular present indicative of
- early 14th century, Dante, “Canto I”, in Inferno, lines 94–96:
- […] ché questa bestia, per la qual tu gride, ¶ non lascia altrui passar per la sua via, ¶ ma tanto lo ’mpedisce che l’uccide […].
- […] because this beast, at which thou criest out, suffers not any one to pass her way, but so doth harass him, that she destroys him.