Definitions of gyves

  1. Shackles or iron fetters for the legs.

Usage examples for gyves

  1. They looked on the prisoner with fierce red eyes, and rested on their hammers for a minute; and said the elder to his companion, " Take out Elijah Harbottle's gyves;" and with a pincers he plucked the end which lay dazzling in the fire from the furnace. – Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  2. He replied, feeling her rivet his gyves: " The house will be empty to- morrow." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. He glanced around, as though dazed, then down at the disfigured purple face of his dead enemy, smiled and held out his hands stiffly for the gyves that were snapped upon them. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  4. Go down and clench the gyves about his legs. – Specimens of Greek Tragedy Aeschylus and Sophocles by Goldwin Smith
  5. Nay, and the villains march wide betwixt the legs, as if- they had gyves on; for, indeed I had the most of them out of prison. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  6. And finally I- Roscoe T. Fibble- am there also, still preserving, I may fondly trust, such dignity, such poise, such an air of conscious rectitude as is possible, considering gyves on one's wrists, no covering for one's head, and a pair of embroidered bedroom slippers on one's feet. – Fibble, D. D. by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  7. I thought nothing more probable than the entrance after them of a gaoler laden with gyves and handcuffs; and saluting M. Francois with a face which, do what I would, fashioned itself upon his, I had scarce composure sufficient to place the poor accommodation of my room at his disposal. – A Gentleman of France by Stanley Weyman
  8. I now contrived, with extreme difficulty, to reverse the position of my hands; that is to say, I climbed backward through the loop formed by my fettered arms, so that instead of the gyves being behind me, they now were in front. – The Devil Doctor by Sax Rohmer
  9. One could wear the gyves and shackles of the most terrible tyranny almost in happiness, if he knew that such lovely eyes grew moist over his fate and such beauteous lips trembled when they told the tale of his imprisonment. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  10. The next instant a man in a red neck- cloth had seized my hands in a grip of iron, and, ere I knew what had happened, he clapped the gyves on one of my wrists. – Cardigan by Robert W. Chambers
  11. Their bodies had been scored with brambles and blackened with dried blood, and on wrist and ankle they bore the dark and wrinkled stain of the gyves. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  12. With his spear, and saex, and his shield, he stood before me; and his face, though pale as that of one long dead, was stern as the face of a warrior in the van of armed men; he stretched his hand, and he smote his saex on his shield, and the clang sounded hollow; the gyves broke at the clash- I sprang to my feet, and I stood side by side with the phantom, dauntless. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton