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A braid

Etymology 1Edit

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), Saterland Frisian braidje (to knit), West Frisian breidzje, Dutch breien (to knit), Low German breiden, Bavarian bretten (to move quickly, twitch), Icelandic bregða (to move quickly, jerk).

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VerbEdit

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?)
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NounEdit

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 2Edit

AdjectiveEdit

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.

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RomanizationEdit

braid

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌳

IrishEdit

NounEdit

braid f

  1. (archaic, dialectal) dative singular of brad

MutationEdit

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.