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warder (plural warders)

  1. A guard, especially in a prison.
    • 1593, Christopher Marlowe, Edward II, Act IV, Scene 1,[1]
      Kent. Mortimer, ’tis I.
      But hath thy portion wrought so happily?
      Younger Mortimer. It hath, my lord: the warders all asleep,
      I thank them, gave me leave to pass in peace.
    • 1808, Walter Scott, Marmion, Edinburgh: J. Ballantyne, Canto I, stanza 2, p. 24,[2]
      Above the gloomy portal arch,
      Timing his footsteps to a march,
      The warder kept his guard;
    • 1885, Richard Francis Burton (translator), The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Volume 5, 368th Night, p. 26,[3]
      So the guards carried him to the jail, thinking to lay him by the heels there for the night; but, when the warders saw his beauty and loveliness, they could not find it in their hearts to imprison him: they made him sit with them without the walls; and, when food came to them, he ate with them what sufficed him.
    • 1958, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, London: Heinemann, Chapter 24,
      Nobody else spoke, but they noticed the long stripes on Okonkwo’s back where the warder’s whip had cut into his flesh.
  2. (archaic) A truncheon or staff carried by a king or commander, used to signal commands.
    • 1595, Samuel Daniel, Civil Wars, in The Poetical Works of Mr. Samuel Daniel, Volume II, London: R. Gosling, 1718, Book I, stanza 62, p. 25,[4]
      When, lo! the king chang’d suddenly his Mind,
      Casts down his Warder to arrest them there;
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act I, Scene 3,[5]
      Stay, the king hath thrown his warder down.
    • 1764, Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto, London: Tho. Lownds, Chapter 3, p. 91,[6]
      If thou dost not comply with these just demands, he defies thee to single combat to the last extremity. And so saying, the Herald cast down his warder.



Old FrenchEdit



  1. (Old Northern French, Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of guarder


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-d, *-ds, *-dt are modified to t, z, t. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.



From Old French warder.



  1. to keep