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A woman's ankles gyved with gyves.

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13th century. Of Celtic origin; compare Welsh gefyn (fetter, shackle), Irish geibbionn (fetters), geimheal (fetter, chain, shackle).



gyve (plural gyves)

  1. A shackle or fetter, especially for the leg.
    • Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
      Like a poor prisoner in his twisted gyves
    • 1973, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Don't Point That Thing at Me, Penguin 2001, page 122
      Our gyves were removed and our possessions returned to us, except for my Banker's Special.


gyve (third-person singular simple present gyves, present participle gyving, simple past and past participle gyved)

  1. to shackle, fetter, chain
    • 1864, “A Fast-Day at Foxden”, in Atlantic Monthly Journal[1], HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2006:
      "Say, rather, to melt the iron links which gyve soul to body," said Clifton ...
    • 2008, LD Brodsky, “A Devotee of the Southern Way of Making Love”, in Sheri L. Vadermolen, editor, The Complete Poems of Louis Daniel Brodsky: Volume Four, 1981-1985[2], Time Being Books, ISBN 9781568091242, page 419:
      Gyved to a squeaky swivel seat in my office, …


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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


gyve (present tense gyv, past tense gauv, past participle gove, present participle gyvande, imperative gyv)

  1. Alternative form of gyva