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Bowie knife and sheath


From Middle English scabard, scauberde, scauberk, scauberke, from Anglo-Norman eschaubert, escalberc, of Germanic origin, perhaps from Frankish *skarberg (sheath, literally blade-protection), from Proto-Germanic *skēriz (blade, scissors) + *bergaz (shelter, protection, refuge). See also hauberk.



scabbard (plural scabbards)

  1. The sheath of a sword.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IX
      I had had to discard my rifle before I commenced the rapid descent of the cliff, so that now I was armed only with a hunting knife, and this I whipped from its scabbard as Kho leaped toward me.



scabbard (third-person singular simple present scabbards, present participle scabbarding, simple past and past participle scabbarded)

  1. To put an object (especially a sword) into its scabbard.
    • Suddenly he scabbarded his sabre.

Further readingEdit

  • scabbard” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.