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”).
- (obsolete, transitive) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk.
- (archaic, intransitive) To start into motion.
- (transitive) To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids.
- Braid your locks with rosy twine.
- To mix, or make uniformly soft, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in preparing food.
- (obsolete) To reproach; to upbraid.
braid (plural braids)
- (obsolete) A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench. [11th-17thc.]
- 1485 July 31, Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London: William Caxton], OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur, London: Published by David Nutt, in the Strand, 1889, OCLC 890162034:, 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) […].
- A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration. [from 16thc.]
- A fancy; freak; caprice.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of R. Hyrde to this entry?)
- braid in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- braid in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Braids on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
- (obsolete) deceitful
- Since Frenchmen are so braid, / Marry that will, I live and die a maid.