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clyde

[klahyd] /klaɪd/
noun, Slang.
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a stupid, inept, or boorish person.
2.
the brain or mind.
Origin of clyde
probably generic use of the personal name

Clyde

[klahyd] /klaɪd/
noun
1.
a river in S Scotland, flowing NW into the Firth of Clyde. 106 miles (170 km) long.
2.
Firth of, an inlet of the Atlantic, in SW Scotland. 64 miles (103 km) long.
3.
a male given name: a Scottish family name, after the Clyde River.
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  • clyde was here when I left but he appears to have taken himself off.

    The Missing Formula Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
  • clyde followed, apparently unwilling that a word should be said which he could not hear.

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  • From that day forward clyde Fitch and my wife conspired against me.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • clyde took hold, and tugged with all his might; but the brace would not come away.

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  • Paul assured the principal that clyde would come back as soon as his mother arrived.

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British Dictionary definitions for clyde

Clyde

/klaɪd/
noun
1.
Firth of Clyde, an inlet of the Atlantic in SW Scotland. Length: 103 km (64 miles)
2.
a river in S Scotland, rising in South Lanarkshire and flowing northwest to the Firth of Clyde: formerly extensive shipyards. Length: 170 km (106 miles)
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Word Origin and History for clyde

Clyde

masc. proper name, from the family name, from the region of the Clyde River in Scotland (see Clydesdale). Most popular in U.S. for boys c.1890-1910, falling off rapidly thereafter, hence probably its use in 1940s teenager slang for "a square, one not versed in popular music or culture."

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Slang definitions & phrases for clyde

clyde

noun

A person who does not appreciate the current music, culture, etc; square (1940s+ Students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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