Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sword, or hanger.
  • n. The shoveler, a type of duck.
  • n. The poachard, a type of duck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sword, or hanger.
  • n.
  • n. The shoveler.
  • n. The poachard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sword or hanger.

Etymologies

Compare English dialect and Scots whingar, whinger; perhaps from Anglo-Saxon winn contention, war + geard, gyrd, a staff, rod, yard; or compare Anglo-Saxon verb for "whistle", English whine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In The Bride of Lammermoor (Chapter VI) Bucklaw vows, "I will chop them off with my whinger," and one feels quite let down when he learns that a whinger is but a whinyard, which is merely a short sword.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3

  • Mr. Payne renders “Sharít” by whinyard: it must be a chopper-like weapon, with a pin or screw

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Here he was interrupted by his asthma, but, nevertheless, continued to interpose his person between Colepepper (who had unsheathed his whinyard, and was making vain passes at his antagonist) and Nigel, who had stepped back to take his sword, and now held it undrawn in his left hand.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • 'He got a wipe over the arm from the gauger's whinyard.

    Micah Clarke His Statement as made to his three grandchildren Joseph, Gervas and Reuben During the Hard Winter of 1734

  • "By my troth, young sir," he said, "you are as long in the face as the devil at a christening, and I cannot marvel at it, for I have sailed these waters since I was as high as this whinyard, and yet I never saw more sure promise of an evil night."

    The White Company

  • I like him not, with his laced band and feather, his book and lute: harquebuss and whinyard are the tools for these days.

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

  • Mr. Payne renders "Sharít" by whinyard: it must be a chopper-like weapon, with a pin or screw (laulab) to keep the blade open like the snap of the Spaniard's cuchillo.

    Arabian nights. English

  • “Surely, man — surely,” replied the king — “but a sight of your father, with his long whinyard, would have been a blithe matter a short while syne; and in future we will aid the ends of Providence in our favour, by keeping near us two stout beef-eaters of the guard. —

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • “Ay, Will,” answered Ganlesse carelessly; “I think I have seen thee wave thy whinyard at the throat of a

    Peveril of the Peak

  • "Ay, Will," answered Ganlesse carelessly; "I think I have seen thee wave thy whinyard at the throat of a Hogan-Mogan -- a Netherlandish weasand, which expanded only on thy natural and mortal objects of aversion, -- Dutch cheese, rye-bread, pickled herring, onion, and

    Peveril of the Peak

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    May 5, 2010