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caird

[kaird; Scot. keyrd] /kɛərd; Scot. keɪrd/
noun, Scot.
1.
a traveling tinker, especially a gypsy.
2.
a wandering tramp or vagrant.
Origin of caird
1655-1665
1655-65; < Scots Gaelic ceard tinker; akin to Latin cerdō workman, Greek kerdṓ cunning one
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  • The men were up early, but Mrs. caird saw that Ian had spent a sleepless night.

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  • And see Mary and all the lave have their hands as black as a caird's.'

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • He made Mrs. caird think of Donald, and she blessed him as he passed.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Mr. caird gave me a striking instance of such a case in Scotland.

  • Mrs. caird watched the proceeding, but she made no remark, and when the carrier came to take them away she was equally silent.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Mrs. caird looked at her and was not quite pleased with her attitude.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • There was no offense in that—Mrs. caird both understood and sympathized with the movement.

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  • He had Marion's hand in his, and Mrs. caird was but a few steps behind.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • caird wrote also an excellent study of Spinoza, in which he showed the latent Hegelianism of the great Jewish philosopher.

  • But Mrs. caird read his story as clearly as if he had put it into words.

    Playing With Fire Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for caird

caird

/kɛəd; Scottish kerd/
noun
1.
(Scot, obsolete) a travelling tinker; vagrant
Word Origin
C17: from Scottish Gaelic; related to Welsh cerdd craft
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