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[hey-wawrd] /ˈheɪˌwɔrd/
an officer having charge of hedges and fences around a town common, especially to keep cattle from breaking through and to impound stray cattle.
Origin of hayward
1175-1225; Middle English heiward, equivalent to hei(e) hedge, fence (Old English hege; akin to hedge, haw3) + ward ward


[hey-werd] /ˈheɪ wərd/
Leland, 1902–71, U.S. theatrical producer.
a city in central California, SE of Oakland. Unabridged
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  • Mrs. hayward has lost no time, and poor Eleanor only keeps up because Adrienne is there to hold her up.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • “I have too little doubt about it, sir,” answered Mr hayward.

    The Missing Ship W. H. G. Kingston
  • The men promised to take every possible care of Mr hayward, who, though not much worse, was certainly not better.

    The Young Berringtons W.H.G. Kingston
  • You pick the critter you want, and I guess Mrs. hayward will pasture it for you.

  • Where can we remove hayward, that he will be secure until he entirely recovers?

    The Border Spy Lieut. Col. Hazeltine
British Dictionary definitions for hayward


(Brit, obsolete) a parish officer in charge of enclosures and fences
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Word Origin and History for hayward


proper name, from Old English hege-weard "guardian of the fence/hedge." His original duties seem to have been protecting the fences around the Lammas lands, when enclosed, to prevent cattle from breaking in while the crops grew.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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