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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.



gride (third-person singular simple present grides, present participle griding, simple past and past participle grided)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To pierce (something) with a weapon; to wound, to stab.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To travel through something, of a weapon or sharp object.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, London: William Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto VIII, page 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 []
  3. To produce a grinding or scraping sound.