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  • adj. unfettered; falling down


  • Eva Gonorowsky, her hair in wildest disarray, her stocking fouled, un-gartered, and down-gyved to her ankle, appears before her teacher.

    A Christmas Present for a Lady

  • He seemed to consider personal ease, rather than taste, in the arrangement of his toilet; for he appeared in the presence of the court in a pair of half-worn slippers, stockings "down-gyved," a shirt-bosom much spotted with tobacco-juice, and a neck-cloth loosely adjusted about his red, beefish throat.

    Autobiography of a female slave,


The word 'down-gyved' was coined by Shakespeare and appears in <i>Hamlet</i>.