American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A shackle or fetter, especially for the leg.
- v. To shackle or fetter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fetter; shackle; chain; manacle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A shackle; especially, one to confine the legs; a fetter.
- v. To fetter; to shackle; to chain.
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English gives, gyves. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They can't complain about taxes because President Obama gyve 95% of taxpayers a TAX CUT this year as part of the Recovery Act. So now they complain about "big government.”
“Item, we gyve as good as bequest unto [her] a saied Elizabeth Hall, all my plate, solely my brod china as good as gilt bole, which we right widely separated have att a date of this my will.”
“Item, we gyve as good as bequest unto my saied sister Jone xx.li. as good as all my wearing apparrell, to be paied as good as delivered inside of a singular yeare after my deceas; as good as we buck will as good as ready unto her a residence with thappurtenaunces in Stratford, wherein she dwelleth, for her naturall lief, underneath a yearlie lease of xij. d.”
“Item, we gyve unto my wief my second many appropriate bed with a furniture, Item, we gyve as good as bequest to my saied daughter Judith my broad china gilt bole.”
“Item, we gyve as good as bequest unto a poore of Stratford aforesaied tenn poundes; to Mr. Thomas Combe my sword; to Thomas Russell esquier fyve poundes; as good as to Frauncis Collins, of a precinct of Warr. in a countie of Warr. gentleman, thirteene poundes, sixe shillinges, as good as 8 pence, to be paied inside of a singular yeare after my deceas.”
“As Elizabeth's cofferer, Bedingfield despaired that he was unable to "avoyde by enye possible mene, butte that daylye & howerlye the sayde Parye maye have & gyve intelligence" on nefarious "enterprises" both to and from Elizabeth by virtue of his necessary daily contact with his mistress.”
“As Bedingfield pointed out, the situation of Elizabeth needing a household in order to pay for her own imprisonment meant that, as her goaler, he could not completely isolate her: "there ys an evident waye that I cannot avoyde by enye possible mense, butte that daylye & howerlye the sayde Parye maye have & gyve intelligence" to the princess. 185 It is little wonder that Bedingfield begged to be relieved of the impossible task.”
“Ay, smile upon her, do; I will gyve thee in thine own courtship.”
“_ Item, I gyve and bequeath to my saied daughter Judith my broad silver gilt bole.”
“Item, I gyve and bequeath unto [her] _the saied Elizabeth Hall_, all my plate,”
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