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)
- 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.
the sheath of a sword
- Italian: fodero (it) m
- Japanese: 鞘 (ja) (さや, saya)
- Korean: 칼집 (ko) (kaljip), 대검집 (daegeomjip)
- Latin: vāgīna f
- Latvian: maksts (lv)
- Lithuanian: makštis m
- Macedonian: канија f (kanija), корица f (korica), ножница f (nožnica)
- Mongolian: хуй (mn) (huj)
- Persian: غلاف (fa), قراب (fa), نیام (fa)
- Polish: pochwa (pl) f
- Portuguese: bainha (pt) f
- Romanian: teacă (ro) f
- Russian: но́жны (ru) n (nóžny)
- Scottish Gaelic: duille f, fraighe f
- Cyrillic: ножница f
- Roman: nožnica (sh) f
- Slovak: pošva (sk) f
- Slovene: nožnica (sl) f
- Spanish: vaina (es) f
- Swedish: skida (sv) c, balja (sv) c, slida (sv) c
- Tagalog: kaluban
- Thai: ฝัก (th) (fàk)
- Turkish: kın (tr)
- Ukrainian: пі́хви f pl (píxvy), пі́хва f (píxva)
- Vietnamese: vỏ (vi), bao kiếm
- Volapük: denavead (vo)
scabbard (third-person singular simple present scabbards, present participle scabbarding, simple past and past participle scabbarded)
- To put an object (especially a sword) into its scabbard.
- Suddenly he scabbarded his sabre.
- “scabbard” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.